Beijingers want end to spitting, littering, smoking

BEIJING, Oct 30 (Reuters) Beijing residents have highlighted spitting, dumping rubbish, barbecues and smoking as the annoyances they would most like to see disappear from the city before next year's Olympics.

More than 200,000 people responded to a survey conducted by the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau which asked for suggestions of what residents could do to clean up the city, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

''The air quality reflects the civilisation of a city,'' Zhang Baosen, an official of the EPB, told Xinhua. ''To improve Beijing's air quality during the Olympics needs the combined efforts of the government and the ... city residents.'' Beijing, however, faces more serious air quality issues than the odour of spicy kebabs and cheap cigarettes as the city's notorious smog has so far defied considerable efforts to ensure blue skies for next August.

Olympic chief Jacques Rogge said last week that time could be running out for Beijing and that some endurance events may have to be rescheduled if air quality was not good enough.

The findings of the survey will, though, reinforce the policy of the Beijing government which wants to improve the manners of some city residents before hundreds of thousands of visitors arrive next August for the Games.

Respondents to the survey also suggested that drivers could switch off their engines at red lights and water could be sprinkled on roads before they were swept.


Story first published: Tuesday, October 30, 2007, 17:43 [IST]
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