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Beijing embraces Car-Free Day in traffic jams

English.news.cn   2010-09-21 21:50:00 FeedbackPrintRSS

Photo taken on Sept. 21, 2010 shows the traffic in Beijing is better than expectation. (Xinhua/Gong Lei)

BEIJING, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- "I don't think you will see a traffic jam in Beijing-- as long as you get up at 3:00 a.m. in the morning to go to work," said a microblog post by netizen "Shawn125" at sina.com.cn.

This year's Mid-Autumn Festival falls on Sept. 22, which is also Car-Free Day, observed by over 110 cities around China.

To promote a "greener" concept of transport, the Beijing municipal government will set up a special car-free zone around Wangfujing, a business hub in the central city, said Li Xiaosong, spokeswoman of the Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport.

The city will also launch five more bus routes on that day to encourage people to travel by public transport, rather than private cars, Li said.

"Let us embrace green transport on the Mid-Autumn Day and the Car- Free Day." said netizen "Tingtingyiyi" at sina.com.cn.

Friends of Nature (FON), a Beijing-based non-governmental organization, also launched a campaign called "Bike for Better Beijing" from Sept. 19 to 21, to advocate for more people traveling by bicycle.

"More than 60 volunteers worked on the campaign and at least 500 citizens took part in the three-day campaign," Xu Yinjie, the FON official in charge of the program, told Xinhua Tuesday.

However, chances are that people in Beijing will spend too much of their vacation in annoying traffic jams.

Beijing suffered a record 140 traffic jams in a single evening last Friday, and the situation seemed to be little improved during the following days.

"I waited from five to eight o'clock before I went home, hoping that the traffic situation would have gotten better by then. But I still spent two more hours on the road, which is normally a 15-minute ride." Beijing resident Lin Hongyin said.

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Editor: Wang Guanqun
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