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Posted in Models, Movements, Research by fedwards on January 31st, 2008

The section below is republished with permission from the Going Solar Transport Newsletter #44, 30 January 2008, compiled by Stephen Ingrouille. Going Solar, www.goingsolar.com.au/transport. This newsletter provides an excellent commentary on sustainable transport issues in cities around the world.

Problems with Cars

“The explosive growth in the number of motor vehicles in Chinese cities had caused severe traffic jams and posed a grave challenge to the country’s energy security and urban development, Xinhua quoted Vice Minister Qiu as saying. Qiu lamented that some Chinese cities were cutting back on bicycle lanes to make more room for cars, even as some Western cities were building more lanes for cyclists. He said his ministry firmly opposed the practice and ordered cities to restore the lanes. The number of motor vehicles on China’s roads had risen 20 fold between 1978 and 2004, Qiu said, adding that car numbers could increase another five fold by 2020. In 2004, China had 27 million motor vehicles, and that number could reach 130 million in 15 years, he said….China expects to put another 6 million cars on the road in 2006. It is estimated that in Beijing alone, 1,000 extra cars are added to the city’s clogged roads each day.”
Ref: Reuters, The Age 15/6/06

“The number of cars on the roads in India’s capital, New Delhi, increases by close to 1000 every day, the Chicago Tribune reports. An anti-pollution campaign established in 2002, which encouraged the use of compressed natural gas over other fuels, reduced the city’s particulate levels by 20% in just three years, but pollution started to rise again last year, reflected in a 15% surge in asthma cases being reported in the city’s hospitals this year. Pollution is set to worsen next year when budget cars costing about $2250 hit the market, ‘putting an automobile within the reach of millions more Indians.
Ref: SMH 21/11/07

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