Monday, November 23, 2015

Chinese Carmakers Run Out of Road

Bloomberg: "Roads can accommodate only a certain number of cars before they hit constant gridlock. Beijing's post-2008 stimulus program hasn't helped road building keep pace with the explosion in car registrations. Even at lower rates of growth, demand will probably continue to outstrip capacity. China had just 58 cars per 1,000 people in 2010 versus 797 in the U.S. -- and it already has a bigger middle class, according to Credit Suisse. "

Monday, November 16, 2015

"Cars, public or private, are not the solution [to carbon emissions.]

South China Morning Post: "Such a reduction is only possible through the widespread adoption of public transport such as double-deck buses carrying 138 passengers that occupy only 12 metres of road space versus the same space with two cars carrying eight passengers at best. As with most densely-populated world cities, Hong Kong has a limited amount of road space for the number of users requiring it so it must be used as intelligently and efficiently as possible. Cars, public or private, are not the solution."

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Beijing with and without cars

Friday, September 4, 2015

Beijing commuters spend more than half their commute time in a traffic jam

The Jakarta Post: "Commuters in Beijing spent on average 32 minutes per hour in traffic jams while travelling during rush hours, said a report released on Tuesday by AutoNavi Software Co, a mobile web-mapping service provider."

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Car-free Central? Hong Kong campaigners want key road reserved for trams and pedestrians

South China Morning Post: "Environmental and urban planning groups are joining hands to press the idea of kicking cars off a key road in Central to reserve it for pedestrians and trams."

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Substantial glacier ice loss in Central Asia's largest mountain range

ScienceDaily: "Glaciers in Central Asia experience substantial losses in glacier mass and area. Along the Tien Shan, Central Asia's largest mountain range, glaciers have lost 27% of their mass and 18% of their area during the last 50 years. "