Scooters and electric bikes are VERY common in Changsha, and I would imagine the rest of China too.
After spending five and a half years in South Korea, though, it’s still a nerve-wracking experience for me to not hear these silent quick little plastic projectiles driving along the roads and streets! In Korea, you can almost always hear the scooters coming up behind you cause they have gas motors, but in China I’m having to retrain my walking habits to rely more on my sight and not use my ears much at all.
I haven’t had any close calls yet, but there have been enough times over the last 8 weeks that I’ve been in Changsha when I haven’t heard a scooter coming towards me and only notice it when it’s about 10 feet away that I’m a little worried what might happen if I don’t pay enough attention when crossing the street . . .
That being said, Chinese drivers seem to be VERY alert and use their horns like there’s a quota for each minute you drive you must honk a minimum of 10 times (this is NOT an exaggeration, by the way, lol).
Anyways, here’s a shot of an electric bike. I can’t wait to get a shot of three or more people on one of these cause I’ve now seen that kind of situation a few times, lol.