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Q: are e-bikes banned in Guangzhou?

I know other parts of Guangdong have banned them but what about in Guangzhou?

8 years 48 weeks ago in  Transport & Travel - Guangzhou

 
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Yes, in the main city they are banned. Once you get into the outer areas(Panyu, Baiyun, etc) you see a lot about. Not sure in those areas if there is no ban or the rules just aren't enforced. 

 

You do see some in the city but occasionally you'll see a pickup truck and chenguan stopping ebikes & confiscating them. 

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Yes, in the main city they are banned. Once you get into the outer areas(Panyu, Baiyun, etc) you see a lot about. Not sure in those areas if there is no ban or the rules just aren't enforced. 

 

You do see some in the city but occasionally you'll see a pickup truck and chenguan stopping ebikes & confiscating them. 

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Yes. They are banned. But the confusion is over what is an E-bike and what is a motorcycle.

 

http://www.newsgd.com/news/guangdong1/200605220087.htm

 

http://www.echinacities.com/news/Guangzhou-Five-Vehicle-Bans-To-Improve-...

 

In the city, the "moped" style are banned. However, I see lots of "E-assisted" pedal bikes going around the city center. Legal or not... don't know.

 

I live on the very edge of the municipal area of GZ, and the general feeling of the rule is wither the ebike has pedals or not. Pedals ok, no pedals not ok. But of course, the big heavy scooter types are banned, it's just not as enforced as rigourously as it is in the city.

 

I have an e-bike that I use where I live, but it is more of a push bike with an e-assist, rather than a full blown e-moped.

 

This article from 2012 seems to back what I say above:

 

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-09/04/content_15733634.htm

 

Quote: "However, electric bicycles are designed with a speed of less than 20 km/h and weigh less than 40 kg."

 

I saw the bike "confiscation" truck in my neighbourhood last week. No e-bikes or e-scooters on it, just petrol bikes.

 

So, e-scooters definate ban. e-bikes.... maybe not, seems not... don't know.

 

It all comes down to how the vehicles are defined.

 

 

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Thanks for answering me. So the only option is to get a motor bike license?

ScotsAlan:

Very very difficult to get a motorcycle license in GZ.

 

You can get an ebike, just not an e-scooter. Or a push bike even.

 

This is an ebike, similar to mine.

 

http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a230r.1.14.35.PzuWpw&id=25653040538&ns=1&abbucket=0#detail

 

These things do ok when new. Maybe get 15km range at 15-20 km/h.

 

Have a look around GZ city. These things are everywhere.

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Motorbikes are also banned in Guangzhou! The only way you'll get a bike livence there is to pay an agent 9000rmb & go to Haikou. I know...I've been trying to get one for 3 years on my Chinese car licence

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Wow, thats devastating to me. I had a great e-bike in Nanning while I was there and really loved zipping through traffic. I was prepared to get a local license but you say its really difficult. I will explore that option further. Any idea why its difficult? Do you mean the test or the fact I am a foreigner?

ScotsAlan:

There is a thread on here about it somewhere. From last year I think. Try the search button above.

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My little city is pretty "progressive". they banned tuk tuk (3 wheel taxis) type things in the past year. They made everybody get a license for their bike that can go above 40km/hr, I think it is, . They now demand helmets. And they are pretty aggressive with this stuff, not just show. I had to go buy a smaller bike, while the wife had to go get a license for the other one.

Tianhe Guangzhou, in 2011-12, I never saw a bike on the main streets, but if you just go to the back roads, they are there. Times they are a changing....but, I question, what is the right bike to ban?  the gas one or the electric one?

I look off my balcony and I can see the potential for 10 lanes of traffic....  4 lane road ... motor/e-bike thing on both sides .. plus a walking path and a bicycle path on one side    ( seldom see anybody or thing on these routes- except me)....if only they would use the one designated for their mode of transportation, probably wouldn't' see this backup every day at start and finish of workdays. work in progress!

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Here is the info you want:

 

http://www.gzstuff.com/forum/topics/gas-scooter-moped

 

I will probably get a warning from grumpy cat for posting a link to another site wink

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My e-bikes awesome, sucks when it rains though

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