Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Psst! Want to be a Chinese Billionaire?

I've got a business proposition for you.

A friend observed that the bicycles here have no lights, let alone reflectors. Its riders rely on either ringing their bells, using an electronic device that makes a noise or on whistling to get pedestrians to jump out of the way.

And now that it's getting dark earlier and earlier it's hard to see these cyclists trying to do the green thing and pedal home on human power.

It's shocking that the government hasn't decreed by law that people who own bikes should have lights or reflectors -- after all -- less accidents on the road would benefit the economy, right?

So here's the deal: there are some 500 million bicycles in Beijing. And if you can produce some LED lights or reflectors for as little as 2 RMB (US$0.26) each, you can soon become a Chinese billionaire.

The only catch is persuading the relevant officials this is a win-win situation.

Or maybe you can say it's an environmentally-friendly way to create a harmonious society.

Now that's worth spinning.


ks said...

this is another example of a society in evolution. the government has not matured enough to consider these little things. it only concerns itself with big issues and infrastructures. same applies to many regulations on living environment, sight , sound and air pollutions.

IheartNY said...

and they don't wear bicycle helmets, reflective tape, or even raincoats when its raining.

japan was the same. no lights, no reflectors, no helmets. and you'd think japan could afford to import/make/buy from china these items.