Chinese City Imposes Bike Lane Requirements

Bike lanes will be required for all new roads built in the Chinese city of Guangzhou, according to government officials. The city is hoping to get more people out of cars and onto bikes.

"Liu Yidong, a spokesperson for the Guangzhou urban planning bureau, said city officials will reopen or set up bicycle lanes along major urban roads where conditions allow. And bicycle lanes will be included in the designs for all new roads built in the city."

"The urban planning bureau will also require new residential buildings, especially those near metro stations, to set aside space for bicycle parking lots."

"Local lawmaker Chen Zhongqian first proposed the city do more to accommodate bicyclists during the annual session of the city's people's congress in January."

"He said many citizens have been using bicycles to commute since the city banned motorcycles at the start of the year."

"There are about 1 million cars and about 800,000 bicycles in this city of 12 million."

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