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Insufficient financial input and serious lack of amenities for urban bicycle networks
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Insufficient financial input and serious lack of amenities for urban bicycle networks
In 2009, the Beijing Municipal Government invested 77 billion RMB (1.18 billion USD) in public transit projects, but bikes were not included in the planning. In fact, for many years the bicycle has been used as a private means of transportation without consideration of how it could be incorporated into urban transportation planning. With exception of investments in road construction, other amenities have received limited funding, which has hindered the development and use of bicycles. At the Lama Temple subway station exit in Beijing, 34 rusted bicycles are locked together. Is this a legacy left from the slogan ^Green Transportation ̄ publicized during the 2008 Olympic Games?

At present, the few bike rental companies are struggling in Beijing, with many having shut down. Some people are complaining that the 400 RMB deposit to rent a bicycle is too high and discourages renting. Some complain that there are too few rental stations. The rental station operators are the most bitter: ^Without money from the government and since we are forbidden to raise funds through advertising, it is difficult to keep our bike rental business open. ̄

 

 

 

 
 
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