China is well-known for its smog problem, but Xiamen, in the southeastern province of Fujian, is determined not to be one of them.
The city has already taken anti-pollution measures, with a ban on motorbikes and mopeds since the 1990s, but now it has taken an even bigger step: The installation of the world’s longest elevated bike path, resembling a winding viaduct and stretching almost five miles to connect cyclists to all five of the Xiamen’s residential areas. At its highest point, the bicycle path rises 16 feet above the ground, but it is actually protected by an even higher road, where Xiamen’s rapid transit bus lanes are accommodated.
With a speed limit of 15 miles an hour, the path can potentially handle 2,023 bikes at one time. The longest suspended cycle path in the world, it also conveniently has 11 exits, which connect to 11 bus stations and two subway stations. According to Xiamen City Public Bicycle Management, the path will be open to all kinds of bikes from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. during a month-long trial.
Privately-owned bikes are welcome, and there are also over 300 for-hire bikes available for sharing. In addition to the bike-share docking stations, the path also has plenty of space for bike parking, and some bike-centric service pavilions.