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Shanghai says bye-bye to bikes. (The Beat).

As taxis, buses, and private cars congest roadways and contribute C[O.sub.2] and hydrocarbon emissions to the heavy haze hovering over Chinese cities, bicycles--once omnipresent throughout China--are being treated in Shanghai as traffic-snarling nuisances. Bicycles have been banned on 54 major thoroughfares, and no bicycle-friendly routes have been provided into Pudong, the city's newly built financial and industrial center. No Bike signs, stringent traffic fines, and planned subway lines, including the world's first high-speed magnetic levitation rail system, are part of a plan launched in 2001 to reduce bicycle use by 25% by 2005.

The number of motor vehicles is expected to quadruple by 2020 in this city where traffic growth and related N[O.sub.x] emissions contributed to an 83% increase in avoidable respiratory disease cases between 1990 and 1998.
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Author:Dooley, Erin E.
Publication:Environmental Health Perspectives
Date:Feb 1, 2003
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