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In details, the traffic development of the recent 10 years is as follows: 1. Numbers ofvehicIes: The most remarkable aspect of the numbers of vehicles in China is the very large preponderance of bikes. In Nanjing City the bikes amount to more than 95% of all vehicles. On the other hand the number of bikes has already nearly reached a state of satiation. Today, more than 80% of the total population own a bicycle. The increase from 1995 to 1996 amounted only to 2%, whereas the yearly average increase of the last ten years was about 6%.
However there are lags; not all growth effects of infrastructure can be measured locally. The narrower the focus of research, the more the effect decreases. The output elasticity of the public W. Weidlich et al. ), An Integrated Model of Transport and Urban Evolution © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1999 52 capital stock for the states of the US;\. 15, only half of the national level (Munnell, 1993). Munnell disaggregated his research by regions, industries and urban areas. Regions with a better public capital stock had higher individual output, too.
6 shows that the share of expenditures for transport and communication is still very low in Nanjing, compared to Western European standards. This is due to the fact that per capita income is still very low, too. Hence, also the car ownership rate is very low. The latter is further reduced by the high prices of cars, even if they are produced in China. The cheapest middle class car produced in China costs about 140,000 yuan, the yearly car tax is 20,000 yuan. The latter is the expression of a policy in China to keep the business car ownership rate low.
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