Taiwan enjoys a popular reputation as the kingdom of bicycles. Thanks to government coordination of resources, the nation now boasts nearly 7,500 kilometers of bike paths, with both usage and network density on the rise. This has fostered the fashion among local cyclers for round-island tours, and helped create a flourishing domestic market for bike sales and rentals.
In 2019 the government approved a plan spanning 2020 to 2023 to upgrade the round-island network and integrate a diverse array of pathways, along with associated soft and hard infrastructure. The goal is to improve the overall safety, accessibility and user-friendliness of the pathway network, attract more domestic and foreign tourists to Taiwan's cycling events, and drive the development of the local tourism industry by internationalizing competitive cycling rallies and promoting a variety of themed cycling tours.
Strategies for building a bike-friendly environment
■ Create internationally oriented cycling routes and unique travel experiences: Create a series of cycling events combining Taiwan's unique landscapes and features, and provide certification for completing challenges. Expand bicycling tourism information services while connecting bike paths to railway and bus transport options.
■ Develop in-depth local travel experiences for cyclists: Map and promote different types of touring routes for each locale. Combine cycling itineraries with accommodations and improve the biking environment in urban areas.
■ Improve the round-island bike network and enhance safety: Improve pavement quality on Cycling Route No. 1 and various branch routes. Add higher guardrails at sharp turns and dangerous slopes with limited visibility to ensure safety for cyclists.