Because of the booming economy and auto industry in China, Beijing could have as many as 7 million cars within five years. The city is adding 1,900 cars a day to traffic each day. Gridlock has also slowed street speeds by an average 3.6% from just last year.
Chinese city planners hope to increase the number of persons using public transportation to ease these conditions. But as China grows wealthy, more and more Chinese are opting for owning their own car to drive.
The Chinese news agency Xinhua reported these statistics in their daily online publication.