I choked on the mint I had been sucking as I attempted to hold back a somewhat loud laugh at this ludicrous statement. Since I am sure that Charles (the english name he had taken for my benefit) had never actually visited Canada, or any other Western country I am not sure what knowledge he was basing this statement on. He probably had acquired his impressions about western driving habits from various Jackie Chan movies and other
action flicks in which drivers seem to careen through the streets of large cities with reckless abandon while hapless pedestrians dive for safety. If this was indeed the basis of his observation then I can forgive him for thinking that driving in China is unduly rule driven.
Many of the cities do have separate very large lanes for bikes, ebikes, mopeds and rickshaws which are separated by a median so I suppose this helps reduce fatalities. A good thing since the moped or electric bike seems to be the main family vehicle with rider, child, infant and often the family pet all happily traversing the city streets.