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Kunming to ban private cars downtown next Saturday

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298Urban public transport week and no-car day#http://www.newkm.cn/6394/2007/09/12/730@578390.htm#", 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.

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Chris, thanks so much for heads up. The campaign is indeed a worthwhile one. Kunming faces a traffic and infrasturcture problem of monumental proportions. The existing road system is not adequately maintained and is already over capacity. One can only wonder what it will be like 365 days from now when there are another 146,000 cars on the road.

On another note, I'm sure that private auto restriction for next Saturday will not be in effect for the "white license plate goon squads" who manage to break every traffic law with impunity.

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