Tai­wan sets ex­am­ple in terms of be­com­ing cy­cling na­tion: daily

The China Post - - TAIWAN BUSINESS -

An op-ed piece in a Sin­ga­pore news­pa­per on Mon­day said the city state could learn from Tai­wan and other Asian coun­tries or cities to build a cy­cling in­fra­struc­ture.

The piece by Nanyang Tech­no­log­i­cal Uni­ver­sity as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor Wong Tiik Diew in the Straits Times, ti­tled “How we can shorten our jour­ney to be­ing a cy­cling na­tion?,” said Tai­wan has built 4,000 kilo­me­ters of bike routes, in­clud­ing two round-theis­land routes to Tai­wan’s scenic spots.

Wong also noted that Taipei launched a YouBike pro­gram in 2011 un­der which users can rent a bike eas­ily and cheaply.

As of now, Wong said, the rental bikes have been used more than 400 mil­lion times, help­ing users shorten their travel time be­tween MRT sta­tions and their des­ti­na­tions.

The ar­ti­cle pro­posed that Sin­ga­pore learn from Taipei, Hong Kong and Seoul, whose ex­pe­ri­ences in de­vel­op­ing a cy­cling in­fras­tr­cu­ture could shorten Sin­ga­pore’s jour­ney to­ward be­com­ing a bi­cyle-friendly coun­try.

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