Chinese City Guangzhou Embraces and Celebrates ‘Car Free Day’

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Most cities’ congestion problems could be solved, with relative ease, by banning people from using their cars all the time, and offering advanced mass transit solutions. However, since limiting people’s freedom is no longer an option (not even in China), they are going about achieving the same goals, by using a much more difficult and democratic path - creating the ‘World Car Free Day’.
This year, 151 Chinese cities joined the movement, but the most prominent was the city of Guangzhou, where only 10% of government-owned vehicles were used on Saturday. Furthermore, private vehicles which were not involved in any sort of emergencies were also diverted to other parts of town, for a twelve-hour period on Saturday, from 7 AM to 7 PM.

According to Xao Qiang, publicity officer for the police department of the city of Changsha, in the Hunan province, "all of the traffic police are on duty on roads despite the fact that it's Saturday," while also adding that people have been very willing to give up their cars, and use the public transport network, or just stay at home.

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