Monday, February 08, 2016

Beijing expects to ease traffic jams

Beijing plans regulate roadside parking, and improve public transport.

The ratio of green commuting is expected to reach 71 percent, said Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport in an action plan issued over the weekend.

Beijing depends heavily on its subway to ease traffic, and will extend one existing line, start building 2 new lines, and speed up work on 16 lines under construction, with 40 lines covering a total of 609 miles planned by 2020.

The transport administration also plans to changes to 40 bus routes, and offer new services to encourage people to commute more efficiently.

Priority will be given to cyclists and pedestrians with 186 miles of cycle paths and 10,000 more bicycles for public hire by the end of this year.

A shortage of parking lots is a headache. Most of China's fast growing cities and towns are facing the same problem. Most office compounds and residential buildings have very few or no parking areas.

Parking along roadsides creates its own problems. Cyclists are forced to use roads or pavements because the cycle paths are often blocked.

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