12 Beijing Bicycle Sins We are all Guilty of

1 Drunk riding your bicycle back home: Why pay for a taxi when you can take a booze cruise through the hutongs? You are swaggering all over the bike lane It’s super dangerous(危险) and you know it.

2 Biking in the wrong lane on the wrong side of traffic.

3 Swerving through traffic(堵车) like a maniac because you have people to see and places to go and accidents(事故) to nearly cause.

4 Not wearing a helmet(安全帽). There you go swerving through traffic and riding recklessly(胡来) with absolute no protection.

5 Not wearing a mask(口罩). You know where we live and that is NOT fog. It’s Beijing not Seattle.

6 Buying an uber cheap bike only to have it break down a week later. You should have just bought a nice bike for a little more that didn’t break down(抛锚).

7 Leaving your bike in a dark hutong and not locking() it to anything concrete and never seeing it again. You fool!

8 Almost getting hit by a car then shrugging it off like nothing happened. Life and death experience Tuesday! No biggie.

9 Bicycle Road Rage: You turn into a huge bitch/ asshole once you start pedaling() and yell) at people for biking too slow only because you are most likely late for something. Do not punch an old man!

10 Getting angry with someone for walking in the bike lane(自行车道) then walking in the bike lane as a pedestrian(行人).

11 Not buying a bike and living in Beijing…the greatest sin(罪过) of them all

12 Texting or checking your phone. while bicycling. It's a good way to break your iPhone screen which will ultimately lead to tears.

Kristen Carusos is from Atlanta, Georgia in the United States. She graduated from Kennesaw State University with a major in International Affairs and a minor in French. She studied abroad in China for the first time in Shanghai in 2010 and again in 2011 at Beijing Language and Culture University. She graduated and moved to Beijing in 2012 and has been studying Chinese since then. She works in the Marketing Department at the Sinology Institute.