Friday, June 16, 2006

Another China story

China is booming. The economy is growing, people are making money, and now they all have cars. During the rapid growth that happened, I guess a bunch of bicycle lanes got destroyed in a lot of cities as roads were widened and buildings erected.

Well, now the Chinese government wants them put back! The ministry of construction is ordering cities to replace any bicycle lanes that were eliminated.

The huge jump in car ownership in China is responsible for some terrible air pollution, not to mention way more traffic jams and accidents than the Chinese used to deal with.

Will putting bike lanes back in encourage this newly car-centric society to switch back to two wheels, I wonder?

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