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Shenzhen Cyclists Slam Police Over 50 Yuan Traffic Fines

By Wang Jing and Li Rongde
Shenzhen traffic police reprimand cyclists on Feb. 9. Cyclists in Guangdong province face 50-yuan fines for riding in lanes reserved for motor vehicles. Photo: Sina Weibo via Shenzhen traffic police
Shenzhen traffic police reprimand cyclists on Feb. 9. Cyclists in Guangdong province face 50-yuan fines for riding in lanes reserved for motor vehicles. Photo: Sina Weibo via Shenzhen traffic police

(Guangzhou) — Cyclists in China’s southern tech hub of Shenzhen are up in arms against the police for levying a 50 yuan fine for cycling on lanes reserved for motorists.

Many who commute to work or take short trips on bicycles say the city does not have adequate cycling lanes, forcing them onto roads choked with traffic.

Police started levying the fine on Feb. 9. “Why do you want to ride on roads designated for motor vehicles, while a bicycle lane is just nearby?” police asked on their official microblog announcing the crackdown.

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