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Chinese city streets used to be thronged with virtual seas of cycling commuters. Not so anymore. In fact China has recently surpassed the United States as the largest automobile market. The decline of China’s bicycle-culture has been lamentable, but at least one Chinese city is looking towards the past for solutions for the future.

Hangzhou, a sizable city on the China’s east coast, is attempting to balance economic growth and development by implementing a free communal bicycle-sharing program. The bikes resemble many used in free or pay systems in cities around the world.

Check out this video report from Al Jazeera English on Hangzhou’s revolutionary remedy for the pollution and congestion brought on by rapid industrialization and economic growth.

China City Banking on Bikes