On the closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games in 22nd, Aug, Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, was given the Olympic Flag from Beijing Mayor Guo Jinlong. Johnson then asked Guo about his experience on the solution of Beijing’s traffic situation; Guo said to humor him: “I am also thinking about that. But one thing is for sure, I will not be so mean as you that charging drivers congestion road tolling.”
But our cute Mayor must figure out another way to combat the worsening traffic jams in Beijing. Nowadays, there are already 3,000,000 automobiles running on the road in Beijing ——And, this number is increasing by 1,000 everyday!
Such the huge amount of cars makes 90% of the roads in Beijing saturated. According to the official statistics, during the rush hour, the average speed of the cars is 20 km/h; In some very busy area, the speed is 7 km/h ——a little bit faster than walking!
To encourage people to take public transportation, the government offers an extremely cheap price. For instance, you can take almost any bus to anywhere in the city by only spending 0.04 Euro; you can also take the subway to travel around the whole city by only 0.2 Euro. However, you may need to be even braver to take the public transportation than driving you own cars. There is a joke (which is not that elegant) stinging the crowdedness of the Subway in Beijing: One guy once complained: “the subway is so damnit crowed that it made my wife abortive last week! Another guy said:”so what? My wife got pregnant because of the damnit crowded subway last week!”
Although it’s just a joke, the experience of taking subway during the rush hour in Beijing is indeed a challenge. There is a kind of special “guard” in both Beijing’s and Tokyo’s subway systems. Their duty is giving apologize first then pushing you into the train. The “guard” in Beijing may not only help you to get into the train, but even also help you to get off the train —— for those passengers who are not strong enough to elbow a way through the crowd, they can just throw their arms to the guard and then wait to be dragged out from the carriage…
Now the officials of Beijing are racking their brains. They launched a website for collecting people’s suggestions regarding how to improve Beijing’s traffic situation. If you have any good idea, you may tell them as well: