Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Beijing bike-share - first hour is free

GlobalPost: "After paying a refundable deposit of 200 yuan (32 U.S. dollars), Beijingers can borrow the bikes free of charge for the first hour and for 1 yuan per hour thereafter. They can pick up a bike in one place and return it to any other depot."

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Ulaanbaatar’s traffic chokes the economy

UBPost News: "The issue is as important as it is endemic: congestion can reduce a city’s GDP by up to five percent according to the Asian Development Bank, and the World Bank estimates that traffic accidents cost an additional one to two percent of GDP, and that the full economic cost of air pollution can be up to 10 percent. Issues of public health, environmental sustainability, economic efficiency, and social welfare all stem from a problem with urban transport."

Friday, June 6, 2014

China admits to failures over air quality

usatoday: "BEIJING — A senior Chinese government official has admitted that most major Chinese cities fail national standards for good air quality."