Taiwan sets example in terms of becoming cycling nation: daily


TAIPEI–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-the-island 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.