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.

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