Beijing Adds More Than 1,200 Cars to Its Roads Daily in First Half of 2009

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Between January and July of 2009, Beijing streets were graced with an 1,231 additional cars per day on average, according to the Beijing Traffic Management Bureau (via: Economic Times). All those new cars add up to an additional 261,000 vehicles -- the vast majority of which are private cars. This is a 9% increase from the same period last year:Perhaps the only good news in this is that the 1,200+ figure is actually a decrease from the last time we learned of Beijing rapidly expanding: In the first 45 days of 2009 some 1,466 cars were being added to the already crowded streets.

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