骑行,北京-上海(二)

Bicycling, Beijing - Shanghai, part 2

by Sep 07, 2011
by Amirah Shahid Sep 07, 2011

编者按:带着研究的疑问和探索的精神,Amirah即将展开从北京至上海的骑行之旅,进行为期20多天的中国自行车文化与基础设施状况调查。在未来的一个月里,她将与新青年们一同分享在中国的所见所闻。

骑行,北京-上海(一)

I landed in Beijing a week ago to embark on a cycling journey to Shanghai. Many weeks of planning and preparation is starting to come to life this past week. Over the past 5 day, I have made it from Beijing to the capital of Shandong Province-Jinan.

The roadways and traffic are not nearly as scary as I thought they were going to be. Major cities have bike lanes separated from the main traffic by a planted barrier or fencing. Crossing intersections can be a bit daunting at first, but luckily there are enough other bikers on the street that I can just pick one person that seems to know what they’re doing and follow them. Outside of urban areas, the national roads have wide shoulders and are not nearly as busy as the major freeways that I am carefully avoiding. They have been lined with formal rows of street trees that provide nice shade and occasionally open up into views of wide-open crop fields.

The language difference, with me not knowing a bit of Chinese, was another concern. Travelling has been very manageable despite this. I have many translated cards of key phrases about booking hotel rooms, ordering food in restaurants, buying water, etc… People also seem to appreciate the project description that I’ve had translated to explain who I am and what I’m doing. I’ve also been able to find Chinese youth that have learned a little bit of English in school to help me out along the way. Everyone has been more than hospitable and welcoming toward me. I also have a cell phone and plenty of people in China that I can call in case I get into a situation where I need help translating. This offers great peace of mind and lets me relax and not worry too much when interacting with others.

I’m beginning to get more of an understanding of just how quickly China is growing by the number and frequency of new development projects along the way. There are signs everywhere, even in seemingly remote areas, of new master planned communities coming in the future. This, combined with the large number of bikes I’m seeing on the road, makes the questions I’m asking about how bikes can be incorporated in future landscape architecture/planning developments even more relevant to me. There are bikes everywhere and seem to be here to stay. I’m looking forward to the next couple weeks and further exploring the way bikes fit into the current and developing landscape.

Cyclists, pedestrians, buses and cars all move simultaneously, without division, through a busy Beijing intersection

Designated bike parking along the streets of Beijing

A local Beijing bike store sells new bikes and parts in a city dominated by old unmaintained looking bikes. 60% of the new bikes sold are to locals - 40% to foreigners.

Cars, bikes, and pedestrians share highway lanes in Tianjin

My bags unpacked. 3 changes of clothing for a 3 week bike tour packed into 3 bags. It’s humid and hot. I’m regretting the decision to bring a winter hat and extra wool layers just in case I need them - it seems unlikely.

An unmaintained road, following the river, is the quietest and safest way to leave Beijing. Farmers tend agriculture growing along the river banks and only 10 cars are seen for 10 km.

Bike Parking on Beijing’s Peking University’s campus. Cycling is the primary mode of transportation for students living on campus at this large university.

Darkness doesn't stop people from commuting via bike in Cangzhou

Lots of people in uniform commuting to and from the local hospital near Jinan

Typical tree lined national road between Dezhou and Jinan

Daming Lake Park is a popular place for men to gather, play games, and enjoy each others' company

Caged birds providing a tweeting ambiance are common in China's urban open spaces.

继续阅读:骑行,北京-上海(三)



无觅相关文章插件,快速提升流量

Amirah Shahid

Amirah Shahid, YouthLA Volunteer, landscape designer.

2 discussions
  1. zhou says:

    It’s a great learning by doing story. Thank you so much for sharing. I wish I’ve a chance to do the same thing in my Country. It’s also very impressive to see those common scenes from a Landscape Architect’s eye.

  2. Will says:

    Be along with you!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Amirah Shahid

Amirah Shahid, YouthLA Volunteer, landscape designer.

非言述性和默会性知识 树屋 2012IFLA Hans Joachim Mader 岭南园林 希望小学 景观都市主义 滨水 盆景园 BIM 张唐景观 Prof. Gesche Joost buffalo 数字景观 WEST8 园博会 风景园林学会2011年会 永昌河 自然文化资源 Vertical Greening Systems Juergen Weidinger LAM 铺装 种植 护栏 调查问卷 设计研究 捷得国际 国际风景园林师高峰论坛 佛罗里达 博士 玛莎·施瓦茨 垃圾 旅游 9.11 摄影 马克 广州市绿化公司 洪盈玉 Dr. Rosan Chow 就业 泰山 禅意 罗马奖 法国 龙安寺 德国 现代主义 GSD 河流 枡野俊明 空气污染 公共花园 空间 马萨诸塞大学 UMass Greenway 自杀 墨西哥 AGER 便携 深圳前海 经验 原子城 香格里拉植物园 志愿者 清华同衡学术周 设计展 游乐场 城乡 华南 雕塑 万科 低收入住宅 俞昌斌 雪铁龙公园 区域园林 建筑 牛雄 绿色屋顶 Ruggeri 公益 欧洲 展览 华盛顿 TOPOS 植物园 Waterboxx NITA Julius Fabos 德国市民花园 湿地 沃夫岗·哈勃 地震 教学元素 鸟类 Peter Walker 王欣 风景园林学 校园 新加坡 巴塞罗那 裁员 Gleisdreieck 铺地 MLA 流浪汉 布鲁克林 安友丰 ASLA 绿色基础设施 SANAA 夏成钢 IGA 狼牙山 步行街 矶琦新 2013北京园博会 北欧 托马斯·丘奇 风景园林新青年,就在你身边 南湖中央公园 批评 绿道 沙龙 幻觉 实验 天津大学 Stoss Landscape Urbanism 挪威 图解 文化景观 水文 喷泉 书评 城市雨水 学习方法 雨水 开放空间 马晓暐 Media Ship 日本 何巧女 西安世园会 创业 韩国 洛阳 海平面上升 方塔园 Malden 场所 哈普林 halprin 青海 Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates 跨学科教育 毕业设计 碛口古镇 Brownfield 新青年读老经典 日本设计 logo 国家公园 宾夕法尼亚大学 美术馆 土人景观 风景园林学会2013年会 新西兰 灾后 视频 IFLA 如园 多样性 设计竞赛 商业建筑 野生动物廊道 西方建筑 沥青 休斯顿探索公园 上海 北林 迪士尼 Disney 美国 广场 布法罗河湾散步道 刘秀晨 水景 合作 Prof. Loidl-Reisch 世界风景园林师高峰论坛 西班牙 会议 理论 证书 张乔松 弗吉尼亚大学 UVa 老人 卡尔维诺 纽约 竞赛 宋晔皓 骑行 风景园林月 环境 留学 迪士尼音乐厅 工程 2012IFLA亚太区会议 棕地 绿墙 雨洪管理 铁路 鹈鹕湾 加拿大 反思 年报 哈佛 Jack Ahern 交通节点 Kingston University 北京 瑠公圳 经典 加州花园 ARC 手绘 自然观 可持续城市 盐湖城 可持续 太阳能 保护 朱育帆 安藤忠雄 京津冀 三倾园 Mader 可持续化 RTD 地域性景观 风景园林 银泉市 Silver Spring 世博 孟兆祯 Prof. Nigel Cross 视觉文化 论坛 讲座 教育 碳补偿林 台湾 首尔 绿色设计 辰山植物园 清华 政治 几何 枯山水 城市建设 城市景观 职业实践 意识形态 王劲韬 历史理论 禅修 住宅花园 技术 纪念性景观 儿童 毛细水 鹿特丹 James Corner 香港 英国 Prof. Jürgen Weidinger 设景 纵向耕作 Diana Balmori 珊瑚礁 行业 联谊 托滕堡公园 贝聿铭 数字图解 陈俊愉 保研 什刹海 韩炳越 ASLA学生奖 伊利诺伊大学 UIUC 苏州古典园林 年会 人居环境 古根海姆博物馆 LIM 五角大楼 康奈尔大学 LABash 钢笔画 教学 普渡大学 水盒子 北角公园 购物中心 TAMU 居住区 冯纪忠 人文 翻译 城市 朱胜萱 苗木 公共交通 历史 新年 维吉尼亚理工大学 檀馨 植物 客座教授 庭院 布鲁克林大桥 Vista Hermosa 低能耗 风景园林学会2015年会 钓鱼岛 机场 生态 考研 参数化设计 预制混凝土 Ron Henderson 长椅 北川 风景区 公园 Gesche Joost 地砖 中央公园 花园 多伦多 纪念碑 LEPC SWA 数字化 Xeritown 散步道 雕塑公园 种植装置 概念方案 成范永 维格兰 迪拜 Prof. Wolfgang Jonas 城市空间 设计未来城市 环境效应