Traffic jams are predicted to extend for an hour, between 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sept. 2, due to it being the first day of school, according to the traffic and transport bureau.
Traffic condition predictions for the opening day of the autumn term for elementary and secondary schools are provided by the bureau. Influenced by both daily commuters and student transport, the first school day will result in worse traffic conditions in the city.
Compared with normal working days, traffic congestion will start half an hour earlier, at 7:30 a.m., and end half an hour later, at 10:30 a.m., next Monday, based on data from the past few years.
The morning peak will be more severe in the city center and expand outward. The bureau reminded that the central districts, namely Luohu, Futian and Nanshan, are more likely to see congestion, especially areas near certain schools, such as Shenzhen Primary School, Shenzhen Experimental Education Group Senior-Junior School Department and Shenzhen Luoling Foreign Language Experimental School.
The bureau suggests that parents plan their driving routes and time in advance, and preferably take the Metro, bus or other modes of public transport. Meanwhile, parents are advised to check the real-time traffic conditions and follow the officers’ instructions at the scene to park and drive in an orderly fashion.
Additionally, rain will arrive Sept. 2 to 4 according to the Shenzhen Meteorological Observatory, so it is advised to bring rain gear when going out.