Handbook on Transport and Urban Transformation in China
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Handbook on Transport and Urban Transformation in China

Edited by Chia-Lin Chen, Haixiao Pan, Qing Shen and James J. Wang

Since 1978, when China embarked on a new period of economic reforms and introduced open door policies, it has experienced a great urban transformation. The role of transport has proved indispensable in this unprecedented rapid urbanisation and economic growth. As the first research-focused book dedicated to this important topic, the Handbook on Transport and Urban Transformation in China offers new insight into the various opportunities and challenges brought by fast-paced motorization and urban development, and explores them in broad spatial-economic, environmental, social, and institutional dimensions.
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Chapter 23: China’s urban transport policy: from car-oriented to people-oriented cities

Bo Quan and Dingyuan Xu


At present, Chinese cities are entering a new period of development mode transformation, and corresponding urban transport policies are in a crucial period of transformation from car-oriented to people-oriented. First, we review the long-term car-oriented transport policy, then summarize green transport practice in Chinese cities against the background of rapid motorization, and analyze the current difficulties in urban transport sustainable development. In order to address current difficulties, this chapter prospectively study how to formulate people-oriented transport policy for Chinese cities and propose key points to the policy change and planning administration.

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