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Zhanjiang has made great progress in promoting low-carbon ways to travel since the government put forward the concept of building a “footprint city” that prioritize pedestrians and public transportation on the roads, as an increasing number of residents choose bikes or buses instead of cars for commuting.
More convenient public transportation
|Local people take a bus for commuting.[Photo from gdzjdaily.com]|
The city plans to open 15 new bus routes this year, an increase of 27 percent from last year, to improve the public transit network. It will add five to ten new routes each year in the future. The city will also promote the application of new energy vehicles by put the 346 hybrid or electronic buses into operation.
Residents can also enjoy more convenient public transportation services as a GPS dispatching system will allow more efficient vehicle dispatch by getting to know the real-time location of the buses and road conditions.
More space for pedestrians and bikes on the roads
Local people ride bikes on the Tiyu North Road. [Photo from gdzjdaily.com]
The city has put the concept of building the “footprint city” into practice in its road construction planning. Many roads have set up bus lanes and bike lanes to let people enjoy more safe and convenient low-carbon transportation.
Low-carbon transportation become fashion
The city launched a public bicycle system on the New Year’s Day, with 5000 public bikes and 272 service points to serve the public. 35,992 people have registered to use the public bikes, and an average of 17,500 people have rented the bikes daily.
The city also has about 210,000 electric bikes, which will be registered and included into standard management.
More green lanes and pedestrian streets
Local people walk on the green lane in the South China Tropical Garden. [Photo from gdzjdaily.com]
The municipal government has also built lots of green lanes, with a total length of 220 kilometers, to encourage ecological and healthy leisure activities among local people. The old town will be renovated to build more pedestrian streets that allow people to enjoy city life at a slower pace.