Bike lane on Taipei’s Songjiang Road open for public use

Taipei's bike lane network has taken shape with the completion of a lane for cyclists on the sidewalk of the western side of Songjiang Road, the city's Department of Transportation (DOT) announced Monday.

The new bike lane with a water-absorbing surface was officially inaugurated at a joint press conference held by the DOT and Taipei Public Works Department.

The bicycle lane runs for about 2 kilometers on the sidewalk of the north-south Songjiang Rd., from Minzu East Road to Civic Boulevard, and was built at a cost of NT$180 million (US$5.69 million), city officials said.

With the new lane, cyclists can now ride on dedicated north-south sidewalk lanes along Songjiang Rd. and Xinsheng South Rd. and along Fuxing North and South Rds., and east-west on the sidewalks of Nanjing East and West Rds., Renai Rd. and Xinyi Rd., according to the DOT.

DOT Director Chang Jer-yang (???) said most parts of the bike lane along Songjiang Rd. were built so that pedestrians and cyclists could have their separate space.

There are certain sections of sidewalks along the bike network, however, that do not have dedicated bike lanes because of high traffic flows, the existence of public bus stations and the opposition of local borough chiefs, Chang said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel