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China’s Opens First Suspended Cycleway

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China took a big step this month toward making its pollution congested cities more bike friendly.

The latest example is this recently opened “cycleway” in Xiamen, a nearly 5-mile-long stretch of road connecting cyclists to all five of the cities residential areas.

Built by Xiamen City Public Bicycle Management, the company says the path allows for 2,023 bicycles at a time with a top speed of 15 miles per hour. The bike path also acts as a highway of sorts with 11 exits that connect to 11 bus stations and two subway stations. It serves as connective tissue that helps connect people to the main arteries of the city’s public transportation network.

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But, perhaps the most impressive engineering feat is that this path is the longest suspended cycleway in the world with areas as high as 16 feet off the ground.

This first cycleway is a test run for possible future bike path installations. However, according to Xinhua, China’s state-sponsored news agency, local residents are already enjoying the ride.

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