Shenzhen to Further Develop Slow Transit System
City transport officials are planning to build elevated corridors and bridges that will link buildings in crowded business areas and promote development of slow transit such as cycling and walking in the Dongmen and Huaqiangbei areas. Unlike Hong Kong, Shenzhen is has a short coming in developing slow transit system that links with their rapid transit system using corridors and bridges between buildings whether its residential or commercial and Metro stations in central areas.
The transport commission is also planning to increase its focus on developing slow transit over the next couple of years to further relieve the traffic and hopefully reduce vehicle use. In Hong Kong pedestrian and vehicle traffic is reduced by using bridges and elevated walkways between commercial buildings. Having a good traffic system means combining slow and rapid transit is vital for the development of a city and its daily operation. It also improves attraction and business values of a commercial area.
Efforts in introducing slow transit started in Huaqiangbei and expanded to the Tianbei in Luohu and to Xiashuijing in Longgang to help residents in commuting. To reduce traffic in Meilin Checkpoint, the city is planning to open the new Xincai Passage that links Caitian Road in Futian to Xinqu Boulevard in Longhua, furthermore construction of the Banyin Passage that will link Bantian in Longgang with Yinhu is said to start later this year.