Ember’s post about bikes in Beijing interested me quite a bit. Consequently, when I stumbled on Mac Kane’s photo essay called Beijing Trikes, I was curious. Kane claims that despite numerous cars and plentiful traffic jams, Beijing has retained a strong connection to both the bicycle and the tricycle. Working the narrow alleys of the hutong districts where cars have a difficult time maneuvering, bikes and trikes are used for everything from hauling garbage, to taxi service, to serving as an impromptu shop.
When I lived in Zambia, no one ever cycled for pleasure — a bike was a tool, a means to an end. In Beijing, clearly, biking is not a leisure activity. As Kane points out, bicycles are for work.