Privately-owned motor vehicles will be banned from the
vicinities of Beijing's 2008 Olympic Games venues in order to avoid
traffic congestion, a local official said.
And no parking areas will be provided for private cars near
venues, said Li Xiaopeng, deputy head of the Beijing Municipal
Free buses will be arranged for spectators and staff and
volunteers working at the venues, according to local traffic
More than 7 million spectator tickets will be available for the
different events and venues throughout the games period, and the
number of staff and volunteers will total 180,000.
Highway lanes totaling 210 kilometers would be closed to public
traffic and dedicated to buses shuttling between games venues, so
as to guarantee that government officials, athletes and referees
arrive at their destinations on time, said Yu Chunquan, deputy
director of the Beijing Municipal Traffic Management Bureau.
Free buses would also be arranged for journalists covering
Olympic Games events, Yu said.
Beijing has 2.7 million motor vehicles and the number is
expected to reach three million by 2008. The city had 1.54 million
privately-owned cars by the end of last year.
Traffic flow has been considered a major factor in ensuring the
Olympic Games run smoothly in 2008.
Local traffic authorities are considering urging more people to
ride bicycles or walk to cut traffic jams during the games
Some people have suggested raising parking fees to discourage
(Xinhua News Agency September 18, 2006)