This mid-August I was in Beijing, when there was the experiment of cutting half private cars there. It was such a nice scene to see the blue sky in Beijing during those days. It’s said that 60% air pollution in Beijing coming from cars. Imagining how clear the air will be if there’s no car. From the Reuters:
China is holding a “no-car day” in 108 cities on Saturday as it tries to clean up its notoriously smoggy skies, a task made more urgent by the approach of the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Beijing has been blessed with clear autumnal skies all week, but will ban cars on some downtown streets while encouraging all drivers to leave their cars at home voluntarily.
The Beijing Municipal Maritime Administration said 108 cities across the country would take part in the no-car day with varying levels of enforcement, encouraging people to get back on their bicycles for which Chinese cities used to be famous. [Full Text]