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Taipei to crack down on cycling violations on sidewalks

2017/07/16 18:29:38

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Taipei, July 16 (CNA) Taipei will begin on Monday to crack down on cyclists who ride their bikes illegally on sidewalks, focusing especially on areas where designated bike lanes on sidewalks exist, the city government said.

Anyone caught riding on sidewalks (including covered sidewalks) outside of designated bike lanes or on any sidewalks that do not have signs allowing use by both pedestrians and cyclists will be subject to a fine of between NT$300 (US$9.9) and NT$600, according to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act.

Traffic police will start enforcing the measure on Monday, particularly on major roads such as Xinyi Road, Ren'ai Road, Xinsheng South Road and Roosevelt Road that have a complete network of bike paths, the city's Department of Transportation said Sunday.

The measure is part of the city's efforts to promote a cycling protocol as an urban bike lane network is being constructed and the number of cyclists is increasing, the department said.

(By Yu Kai-hsiang and Elizabeth Hsu)