Sunday was World Car Free Day, striving to remind people of the earth that cars pollute and are actually less necessary than you think (unless you live in Suburbia, USA). More than 150 Chinese cities observed World Car Free Day, according to Xinhua, though it was apparent that some cities observed it much better than others.
In Lanzhou, it looks like people made a concerted effort to not use cars, and look at the results. In Ningbo, there was a bike event sponsored by Giant to promote a low-carbon lifestyle. In fact, several bike and electric bike companies got in the act to promote their products.
In Beijing, the municipal traffic department announced on Sina Weibo on Sunday at 8:21 am that the traffic network was gravely congested, and that the average speed of cars was 22.7 kilometers per hour. Furthermore, everything within Fourth Ring Road was fucked (my word), while the roads between Fourth and Fifth Ring were merely mildly fucked.
Lovely, isn’t it? Who wants to buy a car? yay!
Some more pictures from ground level, via Xinhua: