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Denmark promotes green outing

07-08-2010 08:45 BJT Special Report:Shanghai World Expo 2010 |

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With traffic jams and car pollution causing major problems in city development, Odense, an ancient town in Denmark, is offering an alternative way of going out. They want you to use a bicycle.

Now, the green idea of bicycling is on display at the World Expo's Denmark Pavilion.

Roaming around the lanes surrounding the Little Mermaid on bicycle is a pleasing way to tour the Denmark Pavilion.

A tourist said, "I rode a bicycle at 13 or 14 years old, and haven't ridden one for many years. And I miss those days with a bicycle."

Once hailed as the kingdom of the bicycle, now the average ownership of the vehicle in China is only 32 percent, while the percentage in Denmark is 83 percent. This staff member from Denmark spoke in fluent Chinese to illustrate the contrast.

The green idea of bicycling is on display at the World Expo's Denmark Pavilion.
The green idea of bicycling is on display at the World Expo's Denmark Pavilion.

A staff member said, "In the past China was the "kingdom of bicycle." Now, perhaps Denmark is."

In the 1960s, the ownership of private cars were on the rise in Europe, but the ancient town Odense began to build bicycle paths. In 1999, there was a great resurgence of bicycle use in the town. Signal lamps were set up on the bicycle paths, with some paths prohibiting cars to pass through. Also, streetside air pumps and water fountains are provided.

As a result, traffic accidents dropped by 20 percent in the past four years, and the release of carbon dioxide is 15,000 tons less.

One of the people showing up to experience the cycling tour at the Denmark Pavilion was an official from the Traffic Department of Minhang District in Shanghai. The district offers free bicycle renting services for its residents to boost the idea of a green outing.

From bicycle to car, is a living standard improvement, while from car to bicycle, is an advancement of attitude.

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CCTV.com

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