Special Olympic traffic lanes will be set up on key routes in the Chinese capital during the Beijing Games to ensure that athletes beat the congestion and make it to venues on time, says Yu Chunquan, deputy director of the Beijing Traffic Management Bureau.

Yu says that these lanes, with a combined length of over 200km, will connect the Olympic Village with Olympic venues and will ensure that officials, athletes and referees arrive at their destinations on time.

The Olympic traffic lanes will open on 25 July, some 14 days before the games start, and close on 20 September, three days after the Paralympic Games – a total of 58 days.

Many of the 7,000 vehicles designated for official Olympic use will be fitted with satellite navigation systems to prevent drivers from getting lost, adds Yu.

He says that the overall traffic plan for the Olympics will not be completed until the end of April.

Officials are expected to ban half of Beijing’s 3.3 million vehicles, shut factories and halt construction in the weeks leading up to the games, which take place from 8-24 August.

PUBLICATION: traffictechnologytoday.com
DATED: 8th March 2008