Guangzhou, China, was recently awarded the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy’s 2011 Sustainable Transport Award. According to the ITDP website, “the Award is given each year to a city that has made significant inroads in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating a more sustainable, livable urban environment by embracing innovative transportation strategies.”
Components of the city’s sustainable transportation system include a city rail network, a bus rapid-transit system, a bike-sharing program, and a network of bicycle paths lined with trees. The bus system is one of the largest in the world, carrying upwards of 800,000 passengers a day. The huge bus system interfaces seamlessly with the city’s rail system, bike paths, and bike-sharing stations.