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Can China regain its status as the 'bicycle kingdom'?

(chinadaily.com.cn) Updated: 2016-09-24 09:49

Editor's note: China, once referred to as the "Kingdom of Bicycles", is encouraging a return to bicycles through bike sharing programs. What do you think? Is it time to bring back cycling culture?

Seneca (expat in China)

Just a friendly suggestion: Do some research and find out what is actually happening in the big rest of the world which China as always is trying to emulate.

Bikes have been promoted by town governments in Europe for the last 50 years. Here are some names: Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Paris, Cologne, Munich, and lots more. In Copenhagen, for example, there are bicycle-only lanes throughout the city. This is common throughout Europe but it is nowhere as thorough as in Copenhagen. In Swedish cities you see more bikes than cars in the respective bike and car lanes. Then there are the mass transit systems - the underground railways, the trams, the railways in general: many have trains where passengers are allowed to take their bicycle on board.

Can China regain its status as the 'bicycle kingdom'?

Paritcipants ride bicycles to promote a green commuting and low carbon lifestyle in Shanghai on Sept 22, 2016.[Photo/IC]

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