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Bicycle transport policy in Korea

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Title Bicycle transport policy in Korea
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Project Category Development Cases
Material Type Reports
Author(English)

Shin, Hee Cheol; Kim, Dongjun; Lee, Jae Yong; Park, Jaeyoung; Jeong, Seong Yub

Publisher

[Gyeonggi]:The Korea Transport Institute

Date 2013
Project Development Cases
Series Title; No KOTI Knowledge Sharing Report / Issue 6
ISBN 978-89-5503-561-2
Pages 128
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
File Type Documents
Original Format pdf
Subject Territorial Development < Transport/Logistics
Holding The Korea Transport Institute

Abstract

Korea, which was a typical example of an underdeveloped country during the Korean War, has since achieved remarkable economic growth, rising to the ranks of developed nations in the 21st century as a member of the OECD. Significant progress has also been made in the nation’s transport sector, the full-fledged development of which began with the construction of expressways in the 1970s. Today, Korea boasts state-of-the-art transport technologies exemplified by its high-speed rail system called KTX and the smart traffic card scheme. However, increases in the number of cars and private car ownership led to a reduction in the use of bicycles. This trend reached its peak in the mid-2000s. The 2005 census showed that cycling had a modal split of just 1.2%. In 2010, it rose a bit to 1.7%, which was still a very low rate. The Korean government has made a lot of efforts to turn the situation around. (rest omitted)