Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for the Chinese foreign ministry, posted a Wednesday video on Twitter in which she demonstrated how Beijing manages its traffic jams. Long traffic jams are common in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and many other Chinese cities, and the government has developed creative solutions to the problem.
“How does Beijing relieve traffic jams? By changing the direction of traffic. Here’s how they do it. The traffic authority selects a lane to go one direction in the morning and the opposite direction in the evening to release peak pressure,” Hua Chunying said in a tweet.
Many pro-China Twitter accounts started retweeting the remark shortly after it was posted.
Two vehicles may be seen folding a zipper lane or reversible lane that was set up to relieve traffic congestion in the video. It’s not obvious if the video is old. The two vehicles were spotted folding a temporary reversible lane, but no cars were seen using it.
However, footage on YouTube shows reversible lanes were installed in a South China city five years ago to reduce traffic during rush hour, thus this technology is not new to Beijing.
Chunying also used the hashtag #ChineseInfrastructure, while the United States produced a similar technology or infrastructure breakthrough in 1963 to ease traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge roadway.
Reversible lanes were installed in areas like California and Florida to ease traffic on their significant highways, according to many movies from three to four years ago posted on YouTube. But Chinese city officials continue to be bothered by the issue of traffic jams, which is a recurring problem.
China has a significant traffic problem. The 2010 traffic jam on China National Highway 110 in Hebei and Inner Mongolia, which lasted for 10 days, is an example of how terrible traffic jams can become in China. The government’s inability to keep up with the rate at which Chinese people purchase cars and its failure to build the roads and infrastructure necessary to support the expanding number of car owners are both contributing factors to the traffic problem.
Corruption is partly to blame for the high frequency of accidents in the nation since many drivers lack professional training. In China, there are 36 traffic fatalities per 100,000 vehicles, which is twice the rate in the United States.