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Mass bike ride held in Taichung to mark World Carfree Day

2010/09/22 18:10

Taipei, Sept. 22 (CNA) The Taichung city government sponsored acycling event Wednesday as part of the celebration of World CarfreeDay to reclaim the streets from the automobile and promote thecentral city as being eco-friendly.

A total of 3,000 cyclists rode the 10-km route that started atthe city's Chaoma soccer stadium and ended at a brewery in TaichungCounty's Wujih Township.

The event was also a symbol of the merger of the city and countyinto a special municipality that will take place Dec. 25, saidTaichung Mayor Jason Hu.

The city government will provide a diverse cycling network thatwill help citizens improve their health and allow them to explore thebeauty of Taichung, he added.

Taichung County Deputy Magistrate Chang Chuang-hsi expanded onHu's remarks, saying that a bike path network combining threeexisting paths in the county and 10 in the city will be formed afterthe formation of the special municipality.

The day's events also featured kite-flying and a Mid-AutumnFestival celebration that took place in the Wenhsin Forest Parklater that same day.

(By Hao Hsueh-ching and Maia Huang)ENDITEM/J