|No longer a common sight|
The number of cars in Beijing has doubled since 2005 & 2,000 more cars are added daily. 4.7 million cars in 2010! Pending car regulations, have spiked sales to 3,000 per day in Dec.
The Globe's Wheels section points out the fallacy of the auto-centric planning mentality. According to Zhang Yu, a senior engineer with the Urban Transport Center under the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, “Before 1990 the government was building more and more roads but that was fine because there was a need for those roadways,” she said. “But after that, the more roads they built, the more serious the traffic jams became. So building new roads does not solve traffic jams.”
|Avg Speed 20kph!|
4miles in 2 hours.
During the Olympics traffic congestion was reduced. Cars were banned from roads on alternate days based on an even / odd system and the license plate number. At some time, the only option is to ban cars or ironically, to make the cost so prohibitive, only the rich of this socialist country will be able to drive.
|Are there any clear days left to see|
Drowning in cars, bumper to bumper gridlock and a sickening pall of air pollution blocking the sun, Chinese leaders are now drafting regulations to "encouraging people in the former land of bicycles to revert to pedal power." The state's next 5 year plan targets boosting the number of cyclists by 25%.
The haze in Burlington is also lifting as it slowly moves back to the future. Bike lanes help everyone, including drivers! Why shouldn't there be bike lanes on Lakeshore Road? The sooner, the better!