Rory McMullan, a Mandarin speaking Sustainable Transport campaigner, has spend enough time in enough places in China, more often than not on the seat of his faithful Brompton (which tells you quite a lot about Rory), to have some developed thinking about where city cycling is today, and where it can reasonably hope to be just tomorrow, in particular in “smaller”(??) and medium sized cities, in that great, ever-surprising and sprawling country.
The problem of parking Beijing’s nearly 5 million cars is no less upsetting than traffic jams.
The Beijing government increased parking fee and launched a 100-day action plan from April 1 to regulate parking of cars. These are welcome moves because cars parked randomly on pavements and in bicycle lanes and even some motor lanes have been disrupting the movement of motor vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians alike.