From China Daily:
The government has urged people in 108 cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin, to walk, ride bicycles and use public transport instead of driving cars for a week till September 22.
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 move is an attempt to raise residents’ “awareness on energy saving and environmental protection” because the country’s cities are plagued by traffic congestions and pollution caused by too many vehicles on the road. [Full Text]