TAIPEI (The China Post) — To enhance safety during Taipei’s New Year’s Eve party, all bicycles will be prohibited in the surrounding regulated areas of the Xinyi District.
During the regulated hours, YouBike stations in those areas will also be closed temporarily. Riders can still return their bikes at Songshan High School, Futai Park, Longmen Public Square, Daan MRT Station and Taipei Medical University stations.
Authorities said that starting at 5 p.m. on Dec. 31, service at 13 YouBike stations, including Taipei City Hall, Civic Plaza, Xingya Middle School, Taipei Nanshan Plaza, Xinyi Plaza (Taipei 101), Taipei World Trade Center III, Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall Station (Exit 2), Sanzhangli, Taipei 101 MRT Station, Xiangshan MRT Station, Renai-YiXian intersection, Songde Park and Xinyi-Keelung Intersection, will be suspended.
In addition to the aforementioned stations, 7 stations (Taipei Disaster Response Center, Xiangshan Park, Xinyi Anhe MRT Station (Exit 1 & Exit 4), Keelung-Guangfu Intersection, Renai-Yanji Intersection and Sanxing Park) will be closed temporarily, starting from 7 p.m.
Officials stressed that Songshan High School, Futai Park, Longmen Square, Daan MRT Station and Taipei Medical University stations are available for YouBike parking.
After 3 a.m., all stations will resume operation.
More importantly, parking spaces around Xinyi District will not be available for parking between 5 p.m on Dec. 31, and 3 a.m. tomorrow.
On the day of the event, various traffic control measures will be in place at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. After 7:30 p.m., Taipei City Hall MRT Station will be closed, so passengers need to go to alternate stations.
Authorities suggest people set out early for the event and to make use of public transportation systems.