China Daily. The government of China is urging people in 108 cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin, to walk, ride bicycles and use public transport instead of driving cars for the week ending 22 September.
Initiated by the Ministry of Construction (MOC), the first national urban public transport campaign, “Green Transport and Health”, will see one or more special zones in the 108 cities. These will be open only to pedestrians, bicycles, taxis and buses from 7 am to 7 pm on September 22, or the “No Car Day”.
The weeklong campaign will be repeated during the same period every year, the MOC said. MOC Vice-Minister Qiu Baoxing told reporters the campaign will save 33 million liters of gas and cut emissions by 3,000 tons on the “No Car Day”. Moreover, it will also reduce the chances of accidents on the cities’ roads.
In Beijing, 50% of commuters use public transport, 20% ride bicycles and the remainder drive private cars.