298Urban public transport week and no-car day#http://www.newkm.cn/6394/2007/09/12/[email protected]#", a week of events aimed at reducing the growing reliance by Kunmingers on private automobiles. City residents will be encouraged to take buses, ride bicycles or walk all week. The week will culminate next Saturday, September 22 with a daytime ban on private cars within the city center.
The private car ban next Saturday will last from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm and was originally going to only include selected streets but was expanded to include the entire region contained within Yieryi Dajie, Huancheng Bei Lu, Huancheng Dong Lu, Huancheng Nan Lu and Xichang Lu. The ban - which is expected to affect 200,000 automobiles - does not include these streets.
According to Kunming government statistics, Kunming has more than 800,000 motorized vehicles operating within the city, 400 new vehicles hitting the streets every day and more than 1.1 million residents holding drivers licenses.