Car free zones, more bus lines in Beijing for World Car Free Day

Updated 2017-09-22 16:00:54 Xinhua

Beijing transport authorities set up car free zones and opened new bus routes Friday, marking World Car Free Day.

Vehicles were banned from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday in three zones near Wangfujing Street, Nanluoguxiang Lane and the Beijing Olympic Sports Center, said the Beijing municipal commission of transport in a statement.

Five new bus routes were inaugurated Friday, with six existing routes increasing bus frequency.

September is known as the most congested month as shopping sprees and family visits begin in the run up to the National Day (Oct. 1) and Mid-Autumn Festival (Oct. 4), in addition to school-related traffic.

The traffic index is expected to reach 8.2 on Friday, according to the commission.

The traffic index ranges from 0 to 10, with the number increasing as congestion gets worse.

With more bus lanes, new subway lines and the emergence of shared bikes, traffic congestion in Beijing has eased recently.

According to traffic statistics, the average traffic index in the first half of 2017 was down 3.8 percent from the same period last year.

Also in the News

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time
Showbiz2016/06/16 13:58September 24 2018 15:51:21

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time

Attending Shanghai International Film Festival, Nicole Kidman talks about her role in "Grace of Monaco".

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts
Also in the News2014/05/01 12:16September 24 2018 15:51:21

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'
Also in the News2014/04/18 13:18September 24 2018 15:51:21

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'

Hollywood star Johnny Depp's speech in the upcoming new film "Transcendence" has been disclosed on Friday, April 11th.

China World Business Sports Showbiz Audio
C4 My Chinese Life The Sound Stage China Revealed Showbiz Video Travel Video
China World Fun Travel Entertainment Sports
Beijing Shanghai Guangzhou
Live Music Opera & Classical Movies Traditional Shows Exhibitions
Learn Chinese:
Chinese Studio Living Chinese Everyday Chinese Just For Fun Chinese Culture Buzzwords