Electric bicycles are China's answer to the Prius because they're green, zippy and cheap. They're also emerging as a safety hazard.
About 200 million Chinese now use e-bikes, a 1,000-fold increase from 15 years ago. China's traffic police treat them like bicycles and riders zip alongside cars and trucks at speeds up to 40 km/h -- without ever passing road tests. A study at Peking University from October 2010 to April 2011 found e-bikes were involved in 57 per cent of serious non-fatal road accidents. Traumatic brain injuries were sustained by 36 per cent of riders.
-- Washington Post-Bloomberg