Hello all,

does any of you know why peoples who drive motorcycles,scooters or e-bikes in China at night don't turn on there lights???

I ask that because on my way back home yesterday night on my mountain bike a e-bike hit me from the side in my rear wheel and i didn't see it coming since he didn't turn on is light

Thanks in advance for your reply

Yohan

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Gosh ! Yeah it happens sometimes. Probably they forget to turn it on or the streetlight is really bright so they don't think they should and other people can see them. Oh lights are broken maybe ?

the street where i was hit wasn't bright at all more like kind of dark and i don't believe they forgot to to turn it on cause that will mean 70% of them are very forgetfull

They assume that you can see them, very stupid behavior. Or their bike's light is really broken, riding it before getting it fixed,also very stupid, danger. It's against law in UK riding bike without turning on the light and safty vest.

i can't believe that 70% of their light are broken!!!

I saw a guy riding down a hill on the wrong side of the street without his light on and another going up the hill.

Right in front of me Bang head on! Both with passengers. All four bleeding. No helmets the two riders 

clashed heads. 

About driving the wrong side of the street i see that every days except the accident

I've heard it's to save power. With a motorbike or car, this is wrong, but I think it's why most do it.  With an e-bike it does save power, but is still a terrible idea.  I recommend a helmet and getting right with God before driving

i saw some them have helmet but they don't wear them

Yes, saving power indeed is the main reason why the headlights are not turned on, coming from someone who owns a e-bike. I turn mine on, and always wonder why others don't.  I guess some people don't give safety that much attention yet, which hopefully will improve over time.  For those who don't turn the headlights on, they value convenience over safety, just like you see construction workers wearing regular shoes, sometimes open toes, or not wearing any protection gear, not even a helmet when working.  I do wish that safety first will be on people's priorities in China, as I assume most accidents happened because little precautions like putting on the headlight is not being followed.  

P.S.  Hope you are okay other than the broken headlight.   

Ebike riders make several assumptions when they ride. They assume the stop lights don't apply to them. They refuse to use the nice red paths made for them becuase they are not "convenient". They save power and light bulb by not turning on the headlight. And ultimately they feel brave knowing that if they were to hit anything or anything were to hit them, they'd get paid. The police regularly set up "education" roadblocks where they attempt to explain to the riders via fines that they should follow safety and road rules, but as soon as the police leave it is business as usual. It is sad because bikes are a wonderful solution to many pollution issues and they are very easy for navigating the city. I personally stopped buying bikes after the tenth one was stolen from me. 

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