China launched its first national urban public transport week yesterday to
promote energy saving and environmental protection.
The campaign arrives
as many of China's cities are becoming increasingly plagued with traffic
congestion and pollution caused by vehicles.
The campaign, entitled
"Green Transport and Health," covers 108 cities including Shanghai, Beijing and
Tianjin and will last till Saturday, said the Ministry of
"Green Transport and Health" will encourage people to walk,
ride bicycles and take public transport facilities instead of driving cars, the
On Saturday, each of the 108 cities will set aside one or
more zones which will be open only to pedestrians, bicycle riders, taxis and
buses from 7am to 7pm.
Extra buses and Metro trains will be provided on
the day so that people can commute with ease.
China will hold week-long
campaign every year, an official with the ministry said.
campaign's suggestions, three couples were married on a bus in Harbin, the
capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province yesterday.
wedding on the bus is both romantic and environmentally friendly. It means a lot
to us," one of the brides, Lin Xiaoxue, said.
"I'm very happy blending my
career with my wedding. It's going to be the most valuable memory in my life,"
added bus driver Wang Yongguang, Lin's bridegroom.
The government in
Zhengzhou, capital of central China's Henan Province, showed off a new 25-meter
bus capable of carrying up to 230 passengers.
authorities in the northwestern city of Lanzhou are encouraging commuters to use
the gas-powered buses to help cut the city's serious air
Several mayors and other government officials are going to
work by bus, leading the way as they try to develop public transport and ease
traffic jam and air pollution.
The "No Car Day" is expected to help save 33 million liters of gas and cut
3,000 tons of emissions.
The urban public transport week aims to shift
the country's dependence on private cars to public transport, the ministry
The government has long been boosting the development of the auto
industry and cities often nibble away at sidewalks and bicycle lanes to expand
streets for cars.
City dwellers as a result turn to private cars to avoid
crowded Metro trains and buses and traffic jams have become commonplace in