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Cycle lane pledge to tackle congestion

Zhabei District is to create more cycle lanes to Metro stations, traffic hubs and scenic spots and increase bicycle rentals.

These measures will help ease traffic congestion, officials said yesterday.

The district will encourage greater bicycle use and make it easier to safely ride bicycles for leisure purposes, especially in the residential communities along Suzhou Creek, the district government announced.

These initiatives will also  help the district’s low-carbon development.

Residents in the district will be able to find a bus stop within 500 meters while 65 percent of office workers are expected to use bicycles and public transport to go to work by 2015, according to a low-carbon development of the Suzhou Creek Bay area plan issued by the government.

Some 70 percent of residents are expected to walk to bicycle rental stations and then ride bicycles to take buses or subways, said the plan.

Bicycle parking areas will be created at large residential communities in the district, with bicycle rental available near Metro stations.

Existing pedestrian ways and cycle lanes will be retained and tunnels built linking major office buildings and public facilities.

The city government is also encouraging greater use of bicycles to help ease congestion and promote cycling for leisure, the Shanghai Construction and Transport Commission said.

“Some leisure bicycle lanes and pedestrian ways will be created at local parks and green areas, as well as scenic zones along the Huangpu River,” the commission said in a reply to legislators.

Zhu Ru’an, a local legislator, said the number of motor vehicle lanes “has been increasing dramatically, while many lanes for bicycles have been sacrificed to meet the demand, giving way to the vehicle lanes to meet the surging demand.”

In the Lujiazui finance zone of the Pudong New Area, there are no lanes for bicycles, according to Zhu.

In reply, the commission said it would ensure 95 percent of city roads have bicycle lanes.



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