Beijing's Parking Crunch

<p>With more than 300,000 new cars hitting the roads each year, the Chinese capital has a serious shortage of parking. The solution? More parking lots of course.</p>
February 8, 2007, 6am PST | Christian Madera | @cpmadera
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"Beijing lacks 400,000 parking spaces, Zhao Fengtong, vice mayor of the Beijing Municipal government, said on Thursday."

"Besides building more underground parking lots and parking buildings, Beijing should create an internet parking information system showing all the available public parking spaces, suggested Li Xun, deputy director of China Academy of Urban Planning and Design."

Transit does play a role in the city's plans to develop parking.

"Beijing announced earlier last year that 26 free or low-cost large-scale parking lots will be built near subway and bus stops to encourage drivers to use public transport in downtown Beijing."

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Published on Wednesday, February 7, 2007 in China Daily
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