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BMJ. 1995 May 20;310(6990):1311-3.

China takes to the roads.

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  • 1Department of Community Paediatric Research, Montreal Children's Hospital, Quebec, Canada.


China is undergoing rapid motorisation--motor vehicle registrations are growing at a rate of 10%-20% a year. Road trauma is already a major public health problem, and road deaths, officially estimated to be around 50,000 a year, will almost certainly rise with increasing motorisation. China, with its millions of bicycles, currently has one of the most environmentally friendly transportation systems on the planet. However, as the trend towards car travel continues, the problems of congestion and environmental pollution so evident in the West will also become critical public health issues in China.

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