Write an essay based on the following chart. In your writing, you should
1) interpret the chart, and
2) give your comments.
You should write about 150 words on the ANSWER SHEET. (15 points)
The table shows the proportions of choosing various means of transportation in Beijing in 1986 and in 2012. To be specific, obvious changes happened in the number of people who choose to travel by car, by subway, and by bike. The proportion of choosing cars as the vehicle of going out soared from 5% in 1986 to 33% in 2012. The percentage of taking a subway jumped from 2% in 1986 to 17% in 2012. However, the percentage of riding a bike plunged 48%.
As far as I am concerned, there are several factors that have contributed to this tremendous change. Firstly, with the rapid development of Chinese economy and the improvement of living standard, more and more people can afford to buy cars. This could give rise to the sharp increase in the number of new cars. Secondly, the subway system in Beijing has been greatly extended during the past several years, which has attracted a large number of commuters. Thirdly, living in this modern metropolis, people have to adapt to the increasing rapid pace of life. Riding a bike thus may fail to satisfy people's needs in many cases.
According to the data in this chart, we must realize that a fast and efficient public transport system should be developed in order to avoid possible problems in the future. Only in this way can we expect a more harmonious society.