China – A Chinese employer was so fed up with getting stuck in long traffic jams in China that he has opted to ride his horse to work.
He Yanqing, a property businessman who owns a fleet of expensive luxury cars at home, said he chose four legs over four wheels because of the constant traffic jams.
He, who will trot down the bike lanes in the northwestern city of Xianyang city with his secretary, said his commute had been cut from 40 to 20 minutes as a result. He further claimed that there are many other benefits to riding a horse.
He told Shaanxi Satellite Television, “It keeps me fit, has low carbon dioxide emissions, avoids traffic jams, parking fines, speeding tickets and my horse, unlike the car, has no need for an annual examination.”
According to him, riding a horse is not as expensive as some may think. The horse had cost him around S$4,000 to buy and around S$100 a month to feed.
A traffic policeman, who after consulting the regulations, said China’s traffic rules only governed horse-drawn carriages and cattle-carts so He can continue to riding a horse to work.
Other commuters appeared to have approved of the new transport although some worried about cleaning up after the horse or what might happen if it ran out of control. It was also unclear where the horses would be parked if the idea caught on.
One citizen said in an online forum, “So cool! Runs only on grass, not oil, but the only question is what to do when it fouls the place?”
Local government statistics show that the number of cars in Xianyang has increased tenfold since year 2000 to 428,000 this year, and is growing at the rate of 200 cars per day. This is causing traffic in the city of five million people to crawl at snail’s pace.