Tylene Levesque

CHINA'S NO CAR DAY- September 22nd

by , 09/04/07

September 22nd, “NO CAR DAY” in China, Traffic in Shanghai

September 22nd marks the first annual “No Car Day” in China, a national campaign hoping to reduce exhaust emissions and ease traffic congestion by limiting the number of private vehicles on the roads. Over 100 cities in China will participate, leaving residents to travel by foot, bike or public transportation. In Shanghai, a third of the city’s vehicles will be ordered off the roads and private cars will be banned from driving through areas of downtown.


In 1994, authorities in Shanghai began auctioning license plates to limit the number of vehicles in the city, but the number of cars in the city continues to rise despite rising costs (one license plate recently sold for RMB 47,000, US$6,200). While it will be hard to limit the cars on the road outside of the specified downtown areas, officials remain optimistic about No Car Day. “We hope everyone in Shanghai will contribute a little for more environmentally friendly living conditions,” said city government spokeswoman Jiao Yang.

+ Shanghai Daily

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17 Comments

  1. lukash23 April 14, 2008 at 11:41 am

    This should be a world wide thing! Im in for it.

  2. Love of good life - eco... November 6, 2007 at 2:34 am

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  3. Kay November 1, 2007 at 12:42 am

    For every person who lives an eco-friendly non-polluting lifestyle, there will be millions of polluting pigs out there. THere will be millions who don’t give a damn. It’s the one person who makes the difference though.

    I support China’s ‘No car’ day and although only minimal people took heed to this plea, I hope that one day we will all be able to proudly say:

    “I biked/walked to school/work today and it feels awesome!”

    * Just so you know, I’ve started a bike-a-thon thing in my class this week and we’re going to do a bike-bus thing to go to school. And I live 4 miles from school so there, all you lazy bums who can’t be stuffed. No wonder you’re all getting obese.

  4. Patrick September 24, 2007 at 9:57 am

    hey bigman 15, i am a 16 year old, i cycle a mile to school and a mile back it is about 5 minuits there and 5 mins back, for goodness sake a 15minuit car drive would take half an hour to cycle max! you need to get off your fat backside and get some excercise! apart from the cost of a bike it is free and you dont need a good bike to cycle to work!!!
    loser

  5. sally September 23, 2007 at 10:27 pm

    This will prob happen in the U.S. eventually, making it illegal for people to drive cars at all, it all leads towards communism

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  7. Bob September 17, 2007 at 4:56 pm

    Personally, I think it’s a great idea; although I doubt there attempt will succeed completely.

  8. Jennifer September 17, 2007 at 10:29 am

    Not all cities have a great public transportation system! My morning drive is approximately 45 minutes, an hour with traffic. I’m definitely not walking or riding my bike and there are no bus stops anywhere close to where I live!

  9. Emily September 15, 2007 at 11:04 am

    I AM ONLY 12 YEARS OLD, AND I HATE TAKING THE CAR, WHY IS THE WORLD SO LAZY, I WISH THAT THEY WOULD TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT THEMSELVES. THEY ALL SAY THAT THEY ARE WORRIED ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING, POLLUTION ECT, THEY ALL THINK THERE NOT THE ONES WITH THE CARBON PROBLEM BUT I THINK THEY SHOULD CHECK AGAIN. REMEBER WHEN YOU LEFT THE COMPUTOR ON STANDBY FOR AND HOUR, DO YOU REMEBER TAKING THE CAR TO SCHOOL WHEN ITS 5 MINUETS AWAY. THINK ABOUT IT, DO YOU REALLY FEEL THAT STRONGLY TO GLOBAL WARMING OR IS THAT JUST AND ACT, TO MAKE YOUR SELF FEEL GOOD. DO YOU WANT TO PROVIDE A GOOD FUTURE TO CHILDREN LIKE ME, REALLY. I THINK PERSONLY THAT NO CARS SHOULD BE ALLOWED IN TOWN CENTRES IT WOULD REDUCE CARBON ENERGY , IT WOULD SAVE LIVES , IT WOULD HELP THE FUTURE, IT WOULD ENCORAGE MORE TO CYCLE DUE TO IT BEING MORE SAFE. THE ONLY CARS AROUND SHOULD BE EMERGENCY VECHILES AND PUBLIC TRANSPORT. I ALSO THINK THAT CYCLING PATHS SHOULD BE BIGGER.THE EXPECT YOUNG CHILDREN LIKE ME TO CYCLE IN ABOUT 6 CENTREMETRES OF LAND, BUT OH NO THE CARS, THE MONSTERS IN ALL OF THIS GET ALL THE ROOM. YOU KNOW ITS REALLY HARD TO CYCLE ON A BUSY ROAD. THE DRIVERS THINK THAT WE ARE INTRUDERS ON THEIR ROAD BUT REALLY I THINK THEY SHOULD GIVE WAY TO US EVERY TIME, WE ARE THE INNOCENT.

    SO I THINK YOU SHOULD TURN OF YOUR COMPUTORS RIGHT NOW, LOG OFF, SHUT DOWN, TURN IT OFF AT THE PLUG, REFUSE TO USE THE CAR, WEAR A COAT INSTEAD OF SITTING IN YOU NICE WARM CAR. THINK ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE INSTEAD OF YOUR BIG FAT LAZY SELF AND DO SOMETHING FOR THE FUTURE, ITS NO JOKE ITS COMING, LOOK AT CHINA THEY SHOULD HAVE MORE THEN ONE ANNUAL DAY THEY SHOULD BAN ALL CARS, DO YOU KNOW WHAT IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE ME LOOK AT THE STARS HOW MANY WILL YOU SPOT 5 HUH I WONDER WHY THAT IS, CAN YOU ACTUALLY SEE IF THE SUN HAS ITS HAT ON . RIGHT NOW YOUR STATE MIGHT BE OK BUT THINK ABOUT 50 YEARS TIME , DO YOU HAVE A DREAM WELL THINK ABOUT THE FUTURE DREAMS AND I KNOW YOUR ADULT GENERATION DIDN’T START THIS BUT ITS YOUR JOB, YOUR DUTY TO STOP IT AND WE’LL HELP YOU THE KIDS ARE ALL KEAN TO HELP, ASK EM.

    PLEASE IM PLEADING YOU PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE ,PLEASE DO SOMETHING AND NOW!

  10. News « Agency Spy September 7, 2007 at 11:15 am

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  11. China Just Says “... September 7, 2007 at 10:05 am

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  12. money blog » Things ar... September 7, 2007 at 5:08 am

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  13. udinemo September 6, 2007 at 3:42 pm

    Man, if in my country could do that, it’s very nice China come with those ideas

  14. asark September 6, 2007 at 11:45 am

    i think santa monica blvd. should be cut off to cars completely. only bikes, roller blades, razors, pedestrians etc…
    a lot more people would use alternative to cars and it would be safer and easier to get from east to west. maybe a large street that went directly into downtown los angeles and to the beach.

  15. Scottbot123 September 5, 2007 at 7:52 pm

    Then ride a bike or take the bus! Its easy! You’re just so narrow-mindedly stuck in your routine that you can’t imagine doing things any other way. Its about a 15 minute drive from my apartment to the office I work at and it only takes me 25 minutes by bike or bus. Plus its cheaper than paying for gas AND the bike gives me great excercise without having to buy a gym membership!

  16. Jase September 5, 2007 at 7:50 pm

    biggman15, Stop bloody moaning. Kids in Africa will often travel 10 miles each way every day to go to school in the heat. a 15 minute walk will do you good. Who said you had to walk anyway… that would be a 5 minute bike ride.

    The trouble with Western society is that we are all becoming to used to sitting on our lazy fat backsides these days. No wonder why we have all these health and environmental issues that face us.

  17. biggman15 September 5, 2007 at 4:48 pm

    That’s stupid… If that happens in the states… I would end up losing money… I mean it’s a 15 minute drive to work… I’m not walking…

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