Slow, polluting seniors removed from Beijing city streets – Zhang Rui (trans. Joel Martinsen

traffic congestion comedy via Danwei:

According to trustworthy rumor (source:, Beijing will completely ban the old and middle-aged from the streets starting on 1 January 2007.

To relieve transportation pressures in the city, to continue the positive social trend of restricting small vehicles, motorcycles, and electric bicycles, and in response to insistent requests by the greater public, the elderly are now restricted. Reasoning is as follows:

1. Low speed: As everyone knows, because of their age and sense of self-preservation, seniors’ legs are not that great….[Full Text]

See the original Chinese post from Zhang Rui here.

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