World Streets Hangzhou – View from the saddle of one of China’s most liveable cities.

Hangzhou – View from the saddle of one of China’s most liveable cities.

I thought that this article by Rory McMullan that appears in today’s World Streets just might interest you.

We thought it was a good idea, primaryly for our non-Chinese readers who I know have a far more cataclysmic idea of what they think is going on today in China’s cities.

Our next step in this series, will be to do a collaborative thinkpiece aimed at smaller and medium-sized Chinese cities – specifically sharing with them the situation that many Dutch cities and public agencies faced back in the sixties when policy was to spend the way to something along the lines of Los Angeles. But something happened, and as a result the "disappearing bicycle" did not quite disappear. An interesting and timely story for some Chinese cities where it is not too late to react, we would think.

Otherwise, we are still trying to get China Streets going at http://chinastreets.wordpress.com/, but we still have to develop more critical mass (that means authors, readers, funding) if it is to become a player on the sustainable cities scene in the world’s most important country. Ifyou have any ideas on that it would be gret to hear from you.

I hope you enjoy your read. And please do share you comments with our readers who really do need to hear more voices from China.

With all good wishes,

Eric

Hangzhou – View from the saddle of one of China’s most liveable cities.

Eric Britton, editor | 16 February 2011 at 07:32 | Categories: bike bicycle, bikeshare, China, cities, culture, cyclist | URL: http://wp.me/psKUY-1n0

hangzhou-figure-0-small.jpg?w=229&h=140#038;h=140While Paris and London hog the world’s media attention with Boris’ Bikes and the Velib, by some accounts the Chinese city of Hangzhou now boasts the world’s largest and most used public shared bicycle system. Rory McMullan, contributing editor, reports on his impressions of the city, its transport network and the public bike system from an on-street carbon-free visit during the Chinese New Year.

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