A bird's-eye view of cars in a nonparking lane designated by Shenzhen No. 2 Hospital to ease traffic congestion.
SHENZHEN No. 2 People's Hospital has designated a nonparking lane, where vehicles can pick up and drop off people visiting the hospital in an efficient manner, to relieve congestion in and around the hospital.
To improve the chaotic traffic situation, Shenzhen No. 2 People's Hospital initiated a traffic improvement plan inside the hospital with designated lanes respectively for ambulances, taxis and private cars.
In a recent public survey, the hospital was criticized for its poor public transport facilities, service and chaotic traffic organization. As vehicles have to go through the main entrance to leave and enter the hospital and the parking spaces inside the hospital are limited, the main entrance is often crowded and congested with a long line. The shortage of pick-up and drop-off locations for taxis and private cars also led to a chaotic traffic situation around the hospital, especially during rush hours.
The city's transport commission set up a coordinated mechanism in 2016 to alleviate the chaotic traffic inside and outside hospitals. Similar measures have proved effective at Peking University Shenzhen Hospital in Futian District and Sun Yat-sen Cardiovascular Hospital and Shenzhen People's Hospital in Luohu District.
Earlier this year, the city's transport commission, the development and reform commission and the traffic bureau worked out how to improve traffic at the hospital and started a renovation. As a result, the traffic situation has improved over the past weeks, as congestion has been significantly reduced.