China ‘ignoring cyclists’ needs’ – Daniel Griffiths

From BBC News:

A senior Chinese government official has criticised city planners for ignoring the needs of the nation’s cyclists.

In recent years the number of bikes on China’s streets has dropped as car ownership has increased.

The bicycle used to be China’s main form of transport. At one point there were some 500 million on the streets of this vast nation.

Now though the country’s wealthy middle classes want cars, and lots of them. In Beijing alone, it is thought that more than 1,000 new vehicles take to the road every day. [Full Text]

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