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Q: Would a "no cars day" be possible in Beijing or Shanghai?

I know in Paris once or twice a year they have a 'no cars day', where people are pressured into not using their cars, or in every family only using one car a day. Usually this has quite a positive effect and the pollution in Paris goes down significantly. I think they increase the number of trains and buses by a LOT that day, but... it works.

 

Do you think something like this would be possible in Beijing or Shanghai?

6 years 51 weeks ago in  General  - Beijing

 
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Would be a great day, however even the subways and buses are already over capacity in these cities so imagine every body taking public transport on the same day would be chaos. 

I think London has this and should be done here you pay money to enter the CDB and only taxis are allowed into the CDB. Build some car park complexes on the outskirts of the CDB then people can transport in, walk, ride, skate or whatever to work.

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They have tried even and odd license plate days in Beijing and other cities before.  It doesn't work at all, even when they were handing out fines.  But no enforcement and the sense of entitlement makes a no-car day an impossible dream.

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Yes it is possible. Only during war, and when troops from other provinces will execute this law, with machine-guns. 

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Hi Pamoua,

                     An excellent query and suggestion. I think that it could work but enforcement is the key. (As John alluded to.)  That would be the objective with such a huge population.

 

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Not possible. First, the majority of those driving cars are "important." Too important to obey silly directives like that. After all, rules don't apply to them. 

 

Second, because the subways and buses are already filled to capacity. Adding on millions more people on a given day would shut the whole thing down. 

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When birds talk, pigs fly and ghosts die than I would say yes. Until that day happens I don't believe this dream will ever come to fruition!! (Drunk!!

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Don't big cities have no scooter policies?

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