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China Daily September 28, 2007

The city fathers of Beijing seem to have come to an understanding that has escaped Kevn Falcon

That municipal government authorities are treating the policy as a long-term prospect rather than a matter of expediency indicates that they have finally identified where the real problem is – that the city’s increasingly congested traffic and pollution from car emissions have become pressing hazards.

Many Chinese cities have in recent years gone out of their way to widen their roads to encourage residents to drive their own cars. But the craze has yielded bitter fruit. Local governments are finding it hard to accept the increasingly congested traffic.

We hope that the trail Beijing has blazed in prioritizing public transport will set an example for the rest of the country.

So it has not worked in US cities (see yesterday’s post) and now we know it is not working in Beijing either. So what on earth makes the BC Minister of Highways think it is going to work here?

Written by Stephen Rees

September 28, 2007 at 10:42 am