How electric bikes “move” test the refined management of cities
In recent years, affordable and convenient electric bicycles have become a popular alternative for mobility. Electric bicycles in some cities have spurted up, and all kinds of traffic chaos have followed. On the one hand, there is a large amount of travel needs, and on the other hand, there is increasing management pressure. A small electric bicycle has become a required answer to test the wisdom of urban management.
For example, in Fuzhou, the number of electric bicycles registered in only four districts is as high as 2.1 million, which is close to the level of one per capita. The conflict of right of way between motor vehicles and electric bicycles is intensifying, and road safety and traffic order are facing severe pressure. Based on this situation, Fuzhou City recently introduced measures to strengthen the standardized management of electric bicycles, which was misinterpreted by netizens as "Fuzhou bans electric vehicles from 2024", which once caused a lot of controversy.
It is straightforward to ban electric bicycles from the road. It seems like a salary draw at the bottom of the kettle, but it is inevitable to run into a wall in the face of legality and complex reality. Since there is no problem at the production end of the source and there are license restrictions on the road, electric bicycles are the means of transportation on the road. In addition, non-electric bicycles such as urban road congestion and driving violations pass by. Compared with the same large number of motor vehicles, electric bicycles have the advantage of green environmental protection. The "one-size-fits-all" prohibition of electric bicycles not only lacks legal basis, but also involves discrimination. This is also the reason why the mention of "motor bans and electricity restrictions" in some cities will cause public opinion to rebound.
The rapid growth of electric bicycles is not only a choice based on economic rationality by the common people, but also related to the lack of public transportation security and management of arrears in a city. In this management reform, Fuzhou specifically mentioned that through accelerating the construction of subway lines, strengthening the connection of buses and subways, and improving the capacity of subway transportation, it is necessary to focus on solving the "last mile" problem of urban transportation and reducing the public's Bicycle-dependent travel. This is the long-term fundamental solution.
For a long time, some cities have failed to allow for the management of access and violations of electric bicycles. They have strengthened road enforcement and penalties during the policy transition period, and modern technology has been used to strengthen the dynamics of violations of electric bicycles. Management, etc., also helps to change the current uncivilized and irregular travel habits of some cyclists, and the law does not blame the public and the "I am weak, I have reason" mentality.
The troubles brought by electric bicycles are problems that arise in the process of urban development, and we should look at them from the perspective of development. You must not let the barbaric growth grow out of your control, and you must also avoid banning the management of "cleanliness". Public policies are usually perfected step by step in the process of confronting, analyzing, and solving problems. This process requires time and costs, and we also need to consider minimizing the coefficient of social friction.
From promoting waste sorting to activating the "night economy" to managing electric bicycles, new problems faced by city management have become increasingly complex, and the benefits involved in reform have become more diverse, making it difficult to break the inertia dependence. In order to realize "Better City, Better Life", our policy formulation and implementation must also keep pace with the times, and we must meet people's realistic needs for a better life with more refined management efforts.