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)