本文原刊載於Taipei Times 2008 年 6 月 4 日
Your article on cycling in Taiwan highlights some of the problems
cyclists are confronted with (quot;NGOs say Taiwan's cities not convenient
for cycling,quot; June 2, page 2).
Although the government deserves some credit for the construction of
bike paths around Taiwan in recent years, these bike paths are mostly
for recreational purposes and fail to solve the problems of cycling in
Plans to construct bike paths on major roads such as Dunhua Road in
Taipei City may be well intended, but are not necessarily the best way
to spend government money. A poorly designed and little used bike path
would only create negative perceptions among motorists and cyclists.
One major problem cyclists face is the lack of suitable locations to
park their bikes when they arrive at their destination. Where bike
parking does exist it is often poorly designed and doesn't properly
protect bikes from damage or theft. The double-decker bike racks like
those near the Gongguan MRT station are the only well-designed racks I
have seen in Taiwan. Yet they have only been installed at a few MRT
stations and nowhere else in the city.
Most importantly, governments need to introduce measures that actively
reduce the number of cars and motorcycles on roads. This will make the
roads safer and create the space that cyclists need. It would also
have the added benefits of reducing pollution and traffic accidents.
It would also be very helpful if politicians and government officials
spent more time riding bicycles, as it would allow them to make
better-informed decisions about the needed infrastructure.
Xindian, Taipei County
您的城市，單車友善了嗎？（Photo by John Talbot）