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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Taiwan's Government Recommended Bike Routes.

Gaomei Wetlands Bike Route

In the spirit of Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS), Taiwan's government has compiled a collection of regional bike routes from all over the country, including some of the outlying islands. link

The sidebar offers a selection for Popular Routes.

These are routes that have been deliberately marked by local governments for cycling with either bike-specific pathways or widened shoulders with "bicycle" route markings to indicate their accessibility.

The website provides pictures and additional details regarding the route's length, estimated level of difficulty, road conditions and other pertinent information.

In my own experience, these routes and paths are mostly suited toward casual, recreational cyclists and beginners. Some routes can become clogged with novice cyclists on weekends, making them as dangerous as any roadway. They can be a real great place to start falling in love with cycling, but more experienced riders might prefer hacking their own way to adventures beyond.

I am really glad to see some effort in providing cyclists with some more resources to fine suitable places to ride and I am looking forward to more efforts like this.

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