HISTORY OF BICYCLE IN CHINA
After introducing into China, bicycle became very popular since 1970s. Shanghai was also proud for the two famous bicycle brand”YongJiu”and”FengHuang”, which produced almost 40% of the total amount of bicycles during that period. Meanwhile, China got the title of “bicycle heaven”in terms of the huge production.
Bicycle became the most important transportation tool in each Chinese family since 1980s, people heavily relied on bicycle for their daily routine. This situation was changed progressively after the popularization of cars. Recently, the Chinese government realizes the necessity to re-encourage the zero-carbon bicycle usage, so public bicycle facilities is improving in the city.
FROM GREEN EXPO TO GREEN LIFE STYLE
During the 2010 Shanghai EXPO, Danish Pavilion demonstrated how to make the city more sustainable and green by advocating the usage of bicycles. Four years past, right now cycling is not only a simply way for move, but also becomes a symbol of new life style, a life style for green and healthy.
When confronting the regeneration of this huge pre-EXPO site, connectivity is obviously becoming the primary issue for linking places, soft mobility and public uses. Bicycle is something most appropriate for this specific area, to establish real lively urban neighbourhood, and facilitate mobilities from metropolitan scale to green transports.
CYCLING AND PEDESTRIAN SYSTEM
Zooming into the zone A, there are two important nodes: Metro station- Passage A and waterfront Park- Passage B. We propose a cycling circulation starting from these two nodes, linking across the planning Green Valley, and sprawling to the residential areas at the south.
The circulation is consisted of bicycle lanes, pedestrian and a series of leisure/sport/landscape programs. For better accessibility and porosity, the circulation could be physically realized in many ways: colourful lanes, sidewalks, bridges crossing roads, street parks…