With the return of cycling, the proportion of bicycle trips in Beijing almost doubled in ten years

In ten years, the proportion of bicycle trips in Beijing has almost doubled from 8.8% in 2012 to 16.9% at the end of 2021; Last year, the auxiliary road of the second ring road completed the optimization and transformation of the slow traffic system.

The width of the non motorized lane was more than 3 meters, and the traffic efficiency was increased by 25%…

In recent years, Beijing has improved the urban riding environment by improving the slow traffic system.

According to a survey data in 2021, 84.1% of the citizens believe that the slow traffic system has a good improvement effect.

This year, Beijing will continue to promote the transformation and upgrading of the slow traffic system, promote the construction of the east expansion project and the south expansion project of bicycle dedicated roads, and optimize the slow traffic corridors on the auxiliary roads of the East Third Ring Road and the North Fourth Ring Road.

During the “Fourteenth Five Year Plan” period, all roads with a pavement width of 12 meters or more within the Fifth Ring Road in Beijing will be provided with bicycle lanes, and a 396.8 km waterfront slow traffic system will be built.

During the morning rush hour on October 20, citizens rode on the bike exclusive roads in Beijing.

Photographed by Wang Guibin, reporter of Beijing News “The transformation of the slow traffic system has made cycling more smooth.

Since last year, many intersections on Guangqu Road have added a left turn signal light with a bicycle pattern.

The cyclist can complete the left turn only by waiting for the green light once.

Before that, the cyclist needs to get off the bus and push it across the crosswalk.

Only after waiting for the signal light twice can he completely pass the intersection.

In Chaoyang CBD, after systematic management, almost all roadside parking spaces have been cancelled, and the camera for illegal stop is also staring at the intersection in real time It controls every street and lane, few vehicles stop in the non motorized vehicle lane at will, and bicycles pass smoothly in the CBD area.

These changes come from the transformation and upgrading of slow traffic system continuously promoted by Beijing.

At the end of 2019, Beijing put forward the transportation development concept of “slow traffic priority, public transportation priority, green priority”, which reflects the transformation from “car oriented” to “people-oriented” from planning, construction, management, law enforcement and other aspects in an all-round way.

Some changes in details have made citizens feel more secure when riding and walking.

The optimization and reconstruction project of the slow traffic system of the secondary ring road completed in 2021 is a “star project”.

After reconstruction, the width of non motor vehicle lanes is more than 3m; A reflective spike is installed every few meters on the white solid line of the machine and non machine separation to warn traffic safety; “Bicycle priority” signs have also been set up in some road sections with mixed traffic of motor vehicles and non motor vehicles to clarify the right of way of cyclists.

Compared with that before reconstruction, the traffic efficiency of the second ring road is increased by 25%, and the morning and evening peak cycling flow and traffic speed are increased by 8% and 5% respectively.

In addition to the commuting function, riding along the Second Ring Road has become a new choice for many people to exercise and relax on weekends.

Not only the Second Ring Road, but also the extension line of Dongdan North South Street, Ping’an Street and other roads have been completed to improve the quality of the slow traffic system, so as to give priority to slow traffic, ride smoothly and walk smoothly.

Many of the original road sections with mixed traffic were divided into a bicycle lane, or the bicycle lane was widened and the roadside parking spaces for motor vehicles were cleared.

The successful reconstruction of these slow traffic systems also provides reference samples for subsequent projects.

According to the Beijing municipal planning, during the “14th Five Year Plan” period, all roads with a pavement width of 12 meters or more within the Fifth Ring Road in Beijing will be provided with bicycle lanes, and all roads with mixed traffic of motor vehicles and non motor vehicles (above the branch road) will be provided with bicycle priority signs.

In the central urban area, Tongzhou District and Yizhuang New City, all rail stations will optimize the slow traffic connection environment.

The right of way of the slow traffic system in the overpass area, which was reported by the public in the past, will be improved.

The third and fourth ring roads will be transformed into slow traffic systems, and the special treatment of slow traffic breakpoints between the fourth ring road and the fifth ring road will be completed according to the actual needs.

“More than 80% of the citizens recognized the improvement effect of Beijing’s slow traffic system.” I used to go to work by subway on the day when I caught up with the number limit of motor vehicles every week.

Since last year, I have changed to ride a bike.

When the weather is good, I can ride a bike without number limit, and it takes only half an hour from Shuangjing to Dongdan.

“Li Xiang, a Beijing citizen, said that his reluctance to ride was mainly because there were too many” uncertainties “on the road When electric vehicles go against each other and turn right, they are not polite to pedestrians and cyclists.

Li Xiang’s feelings are also the thoughts of many people.

As far as commuters are concerned, in addition to economic and time considerations, safety and comfort are the focus of attention.

In 2021, the transportation department organized an investigation on 5606km bicycle lanes and 5552km footpath facilities in Beijing.

The results show that 51 of the 467 major road sections in Beijing in that year exceeded 3000 vehicles per hour, that is, when the road width was 2.5 meters, the load of the section reached 54%, forming a continuous and stable riding state.

As high as 2550 vehicles/hour in Xicheng District, more and more citizens use non motor vehicles to travel.

The survey of citizens’ travel satisfaction shows that 84.1% of the citizens think that the slow traffic system has a good improvement effect, and the improvement effect has been recognized by the citizens.

The goal of Beijing’s transportation department is to build a comprehensive urban transportation system that can facilitate people’s travel.

The bicycle lane at the junction of Changping and Haidian is one of the links.

In May 2019, Beijing completed the first bicycle commuter road in China, which connects Huilongguan residential area and Shangdi Software Park, with a total length of 6.5 kilometers, including 5.46 kilometers of fully closed roads.

After the opening of the bike only road, the local residents have a new choice to commute without crowding the subway or self driving on the road.


Liu, an office worker, has been used to riding from the bike only road to work in Haidian.

“Safety” is his most obvious feeling about this road.

“I used to ride to and from work, but I needed to go around in about 45 minutes..