The metrics of bicycle systems in Chinese cities: evidence from Shanghai, Tianjin and Beijing

Urban travel by bicycle in Chinese cities peaked in the mid-1990s, declining rapidly in the 2000 decade as cars began to dominate the street system. The ensuing traffic and environmental crisis, coupled with disappointing results from public transport investments, has led to calls for restoration of the bicycle mode. In this paper, we argue that restoration of the bicycle mode begins firstly with an understanding of how the bicycle is used in the particular spatial and land use conditions of the Chinese city. The reported studies from three of China’s six largest cities reveal that bicycle systems, as represented by users’ trips, have unique characteristics not readily replaced by motorized and public transport modes. Such bicycling systems are dense, reticulated and relatively large in these megacities. The potential for bicycle mode share increase is substantial when bicyclist behaviour, preferences, trip distance and trip purposes are considered. It is proposed that these facts on the ground form the basis for conceiving a renewed infrastructure programme.


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  • Pagination: 9p
  • Monograph Title: Transport Research Arena (TRA) 2014 Proceedings

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  • Accession Number: 01534684
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: VTI, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 14 2014 10:18AM