Friday, November 22, 2013

Taipei fine-st bike

Here a linkto new bike regulations. Don't ride drunk, don't get in the way of pedestrians, Don't use a mobile phone , and you are required to have a light on your bike. Fine can be NT600. Some more "FINE" details here

Monday, September 30, 2013

Taipei cycling lane traffic signs

For those who think you can't bike on the side-walk, here are the signs that should allow you a ticket-free ride. :-)

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Bike Travel: Cycling Taiwan

With soaring mountains, tropical jungle and everything in between, the island is emerging as one of the world’s hottest new cycling destinations.—Taylor Rojek
A little bit off topic for commuting, but the article is here

Taipei begins ban on bicycles riding on sidewalks From May 20th. Fines ranging NT$300 to NT$600

Heard an advert on ICRT morning show that bikers will be fines for using the sidewalk. My god where can bikers go now? when does this ultimate discrimination of bikers stop ? Well , the alternative for bikers is to use the designated lanes or slow lines and to be careful for pedestrians. So does the government make provide any safe space for bikers? what is more pathetic? Links below. According to current regulation, cyclists are not allowed to ride on arcades or sidewalks. Should a cyclist violate these regulations, he or she faces fines of between NT$300 and NT$600. Wang said there are currently three types of bicycle lanes in the city: bicycle paths, special dual-use sidewalks allowing bicyclists to share the lane with pedestrians, and slow traffic lanes for motorbikes and bicycles

[Editor note: Perhaps Wang Shang-Wei (王聲威) should ride his bike more often in Taipei on Chung-Hsiao, Xin-Yi, Fu-Xing, Chien-Kwo , Ren-Ai (to mention a few which have no lanes at all) to feel the experience of biking on the Taipei roads among buses, taxi, illegally parked cars , racing motorcycles, bike "red-wave" traffic lights etc. etc. No one can understand the exact traffic rules. After many years, no sign of physically separated bike-lanes. Isn't it time for bikers to stage to organize a protest in Taipei to stop these many years of madness, all the back and forth polices created and reversed by these (tax consuming) government officials and finally bring bike heaven to Taipei's bike hell? Let these folks ride a bike in Taipei with the bikers together in Taipei to feel the experience]

Taipei begins ban on bicycles riding on sidewalks (article) (What is funny is that there was quite some confusion if this lane was a bike line or not)

Taipei begins ban on bicycles riding on sidewalks (Video)

Taipei City Government to review bike lane policy before 2014 (Article)

Taipei City decides to remove bike lane on Dunhua Road (Article)

Taipei City Govt has no idea on bicycle lanes (Article)

Monday, July 8, 2013

Taipei to extend bicycle lanes to 40km this year

Quote: \"The city’s Department of Transportation yesterday said it would build a total of 10km of bike lanes on Xinyi Road and Nanjing E Road this year to extend the city’s existing 29km of bike lanes. Next year, the city will build bike lanes along Xinsheng S Road and Roosevelt Road. Aside from bicycle lanes and sidewalks, cyclists can also use slow lanes, Chen said, while urging cyclists to respect the rights of pedestrians. \" Article here

There is nothing to find on the DOT website though here Will it be doomed to failure like THIS before or are these 10K nothing more than just the wider sidewalks? if that is so, then the head of this article is heavily misleading and should be titled "Taipei to extend sidewalks for shared walking and biking". I also wish the city government could provide a list broken down by street of these 29k of bike-lines.

Next Generation protected bike lanes

Click above window to play the movie of a dream come true which very likely will never see the light (on a larger scale than today) in Taipei's central city. See the speed people can bike? It is absolutely impossible on Taipei City's bike lanes and shared sidewalks.

Too many bikes can be a problem too


Article here

Monday, May 27, 2013

Taipei Bike Commuters need HELP!

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) seems to think of people who ride bicycles as just weekend enthusiasts, content to use the few bike paths available, which are often in need of repair. Nothing is being done to make the city’s roads safe for cycling, police do little to stop taxis and buses from overtaking and nearly crushing bikers, and there are no integrated traffic lanes for cyclists. The river paths are the safest place to ride in Taipei, but they often do not go near the business districts of the city, such as Xinyi District (信義). Full Article here
P.S: was there a bike day in 2013 ? It's May, right (National Bike month, see the picture below for 2012) or did the bike day in Taiwan just die together with the bike lanes.

ECF: Benefits of a bike

Bike rules for (non)-bikers (with comments)

Interesting stuff HERE For non-bikers:
  • 1. Don’t stand in the bike lane when you’re waiting to cross the street. (Happens all the time in Taipei)
  • 2. Look before you open your cab door, and get out of the way quickly after exiting your cab. (yup, I was hit once and the guy geting out of the taxi started shouting at me why I ws not careful enough....)
  • 3. Don’t walk or run in the bike lane (See item 1)
  • 4. Jaywalk with caution (specially in Taipei where motorcycles start driving several seconds before the light goes green)
  • 5. Don’t get offended or angry when cyclists ring their bells at you or yell at you. (Taiwan bikes don't have bells anyhow)
For bikers:
  • 1. Make yourself visible when riding at night (Taiwan bikes don't have lights anyhow)
  • 2. Don’t ride against traffic (We can see this everyday)
  • 3. Don’t ride on the sidewalk (This is controversial as Taipei's only place to bike is the sidewalk)
  • 4. Run red lights with caution (I agree, several traffic lights in Taipei make absolutely no sense for bikers)
  • 5. Don’t bring your bike on the subway during rush hour (exactly why we need bike lanes so bikers don't need to use the MRT!)

It seems the end of the personal owned bike as we know it for Taipei. There are no parking spaces for personal owned bikes, (almost) no dedicated bike lanes in the city or to get in our out the city and (rental) bikes are just for covering the short distance between MRT stations. Though even then it would be good if (junior) high schools in Taiwan start to provide traffic lessons and examinations. It may help a lot for traffic etiquette.

New York Citibike

lot of details in a report HERE and NYC bike information from DOT HERE. some people who don't like it have somethnig to say HERE (Yup, what is wrong with just riding your own bike?) and what about this helmet-less riding... Ouch...and there is an App for it HERE and this did not arrive just like that but like THIS: "We didn’t just drop this bike share system in overnight, she said. We spent five years installing more than 350 miles of bike lanes. Hello Taipei ?

Hsin-Yi Road

You may have seen the change on Hsin-Yi east road . Lot of added side-walk, but not a single space for a bike lane considered. There goes Taipei's committment which is still posted HERE it says "In the future, the bike lane will form a "丰"-shaped bikeway network along downtown's Main boulevards with bike trails next to the newly renovated MRT Songshan Line (Nanjing East Road) and Xinyi Line (Xinyi Road). Mr. Taipei Mayor.. when... 2030?

European Cyclist Federation: Taiwan is not a cycling island

Yet while Taiwan does a brilliant job at exporting bicycles, it’s no longer a place where people commute with pedal power; in a country of 23 million people, Taiwan has 5.7 million cars, 14 million motorcycles, and only 1 million bicycles. Motorised transport dominates the city of Taipei. See more HERE Mayne said cities in Taiwan should allocate more space for cyclists and take bolder steps to improve the environment, citing New York, Paris, London and Vienna as examples of cities that are doing so and upon which Taiwan could model itself.bicycle-friendly cities usually have speed limits of below 30 kilometers per hour, he said, citing German and Dutch cities as examples. HERE But why do the Dutch bike and English folks don't? See HERE