TRANSPORTATION: China hurries back to bicycle-friendly cities to curb gridlocks and pollution

SHANGHAI — After decades of getting its millions of citizens off their bicycles and into modern transportation, China is now struggling to make a big policy U-turn.

Last month, southern China’s Zhongshan city for the first time filled its streets with 4,000 public bicycles, which citizens can ride free of charge for up to an hour. To further fuel the sharing, the city also built an online platform that gives citizens real-time information on where the closest docking station is and how many bicycles are available.

This is one of numerous bike-sharing programs that are quickly growing in an attempt to unsnarl China’s traffic problems…

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