Taipei Bike Share


by Byron on Apr 07, 2009 at 6:59 AM

Last year in Taipei, we along with everyone else, were amazed by the increase in ridership and cyclists. Following that up, Taipei is testing a Bike Share program. They’ve already got Bike Parking. Eric Mah, Marketing Specialist from Dahon demonstrates how it works in this video

Bike Share aside, I dig that Giant bike with its funky-fender, dynamo hub, and all.

Eric is blogging about biking to work with his co-workers, including the gas masks they wear.

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I’ve had the good fortune of visiting Taipei twice, for a total of around five weeks, when my parents lived there while I was in college. 

The traffic itself—and exposure to pollution while struck in traffic—is the worst I have ever personally witnessed.  Imagine thousands upon thousands of mopeds on the streets at any given time.  Easily ten times worse than New York or Chicago traffic. 

I think it is safe to say that if people are courageous enough to bike to work there regularly (assuming at least some of it is in the streets and not just on dedicated bike paths), people can bike to work anywhere in the world.

Looks like a great concept on the surface but its just an automated bike hire concept. I guess they should start doing this next to the rivers but then a lot of the bike rent stores there will be driven out of business. Still, not a bad idea for people who want to get from A to B quickly in the Hsin Yi District.

Good article.