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Pedestrian and cyclist network scheme

PEDESTRIANS and cyclists should find the city's roads a little less daunting under plans to create a non-motorized traffic network in downtown areas over the next five years.

This will encourage low-carbon travel, city officials said before Sunday's World Environment Day.

Parking facilities for non-motorized vehicles at Metro and bus stations will also be created.

Local transportation officials stress that the network will be a comprehensive non-motorized system instead of merely some cycling pathways and pedestrian areas.

To improve the safety of pedestrians and cyclists, dozens of non-motorized "islands" will be created in the city. These are areas connecting small roads, sidewalks and cycleways to form a safe network for walking or cycling, officials said.

Public bicycle renting facilities will be rolled out following trials in the districts of Baoshan, Zhabei and the Pudong New Area. At the end of last year, Shanghai had 10.67 million registered bicycles.


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