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Xiamen bans fixed-gear bikes after fatal accident

Updated: 2013-04-19
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Xiamen police have recently launched an anti-fixed-gear bike campaign across the city after Fujian province made it illegal for fixed-gear bikes to hit the roads over safety risks.

According to an announcement made by the Fujian provincial police on 16th April, local police departments are required to take serious measures to prohibit fixed-gear bikes, amongst other things, including banning them from stores, roads and schools.

The Fujian police further expanded the fixed-gear bike ban after the province’s educational department forbade students from riding fixed-gear bikes between school and home earlier this month. In late March, a 13-year-old girl riding a fixed-gear bike without brakes was killed in a traffic accident in Zhangzhou city.

"If the fixed-gear bike has no brakes, it cannot be ridden on the roads and the rider can be punished according to the law," the police said.

Many fixed-gear bike owners have installed a brake on their front wheel to cope with the checks, and many bicycle stores in the city have also begun to offer a brake-adding service. But experts warned that it could also be dangerous to ride those fixed-gear bikes with only front brakes as the rider cannot stop pedaling and legally, a bike should have two brakes to provide enough braking power. 
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