Beijing, the Triathlon of Commutes – Bill Schiller

Last week, Toronto Star reporter Bill Schiller contributed to a series on commuting around the world by taking a trip to work in with a young suburbanite doctor, Li Ya’ou:


Every day, the 27-year-old neuroradiologist uses a mix of private, public and pedal power to transport him from his suburban home, nearly 40 kilometres northeast of Tiananmen Square, straight into the heart of the city.

Using car, subway and bike, Liu makes the daily commute in 1 hour and 15 minutes – saving 45 to 50 minutes each way, every single day.

“If you drive straight in, it’s just too much trouble,” the young doctor says, gripping the wheel of his lime-green Fiat Palio as we burrow down Jingshun Highway bound for central Beijing. “I tried at the beginning: it always takes two hours.” [Full text]

[Image of Dr. Li via Toronto Star]

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