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Bike sat-nav system to be ready in July 鐵馬逍遙遊 衛星導航七月上路

A satellite navigation system for a bicycle is shown earlier this month in Ilan County. Many bike enthusiasts consider the new invention a must-have accessory.
本月稍早於宜蘭拍攝的單車專用衛星導航器。許多玩家把這項新發明視為不可或缺的配備。照片:台北時報

PHOTO: TAIPEI TIMES

Biking has recently become an extremely popular form of exercise. However, when bikers go to an unfamiliar city it’s easy to get lost and miss the scenery, which can detract from their enjoyment.

In response, the Ilan County government has announced a new plan for an “Ilan Tourism and Recreation Map for Bikers” which involves establishing a satellite navigation system for dedicated bicycle paths. After this plan is completed and enacted in July, bikers who install the devices will be able to ride along the designated routes without the fear of getting lost preying on their minds.

Because cars and scooters are not allowed to enter dedicated bicycle paths, the majority of bicycle paths have not been included in satellite navigation systems for cars. Satellite navigation systems for bicycles are somewhat similar to car navigation systems in terms of functionality and design concepts, but come with extra features such as bike speed, mileage and readings on heart and lung activity to allow bikers to understand their bodies and how much exercise they are getting.

The Ilan County government commissioned the Ilan County Cycling Association to conduct a consensus on bicycle paths within the county, including the Ilan River bicycle path in Ilan City and Dongshan River bicycle path in Dongshan Township. The consensus included research into information such as special features of bicycle paths, vertical distances of the paths, topography and land features of the paths, nearby attractions, snacks available in the local area as well as nearby farms and landmarks.

Workers on the project will use satellite positioning to add annotations into the system for important landmarks along the bicycle paths and will combine this with links to digital photos, a system editor and satellite information to set up a network platform. Once the system is completed and ready for use, bikers will be able to enter bicycle paths and set their satellite navigation devices. Their current position will then be displayed on a monitor and bikers will be able to get convenient access to information on bike paths and ramps in picture form.

OUT LOUD 對話練習

Wilson: So how far are we cycling on Sunday?

Bradley:I was thinking about making it an extra long journey — about 100km.

Wilson:100km? Do you think we can ride that far in a day?

Bradley: Sure. We did 70km last time. It’s just a question of mind over matter.

Wilson:Ok, if you say so. But we’ll have to leave at about 5:00am.

Bradley: What? There’s no way I can get up that early.

Wilson: Yes, you can. It’s just mind over matter, isn’t it?

威爾森:我們這週日要騎多遠?

布萊利:我想來一段超長程的路線──大約一百公里。

威爾森:一百公里?你認為我們一天能騎那麼遠嗎?

布萊利:當然,我們上次就騎了七十公里啊,那只是意志力的問題。

威爾森:好吧,既然你都這樣說了。不過我們得早上五點左右出發。

布萊利:什麼?那麼早我根本起不來。

威爾森:可以,你可以的。就看你有沒有那個意志力了,對吧?

mind over matter 意志力決勝

Mind over matter is the idea that people can overcome physical difficulties through the power of determination.

mind over matter」的意思就是只要下定決心,人人都可以克服生理障礙。


Yiu Wen-hsiang, head of Ilan County government’s Department of Business and Tourism said that apart from establishing bicycle satellite navigation, the Ilan County government also conducted a consensus on stations where bicycles can be rented. They will “classify” different dedicated bicycle paths as part of the “Ilan Tourism and Recreation Map for Bikers” to give tourists a more diverse way of enjoying themselves on their bicycles.(LIBERTY TIMES, TRANSLATED BY DREW CAMERON)

單車運動蔚為風氣,不過,外地騎士若不熟悉路況,容易迷路並錯失附近景點,影響遊興。

宜蘭縣政府新推「宜蘭自行車觀光休閒地圖」,針對自行車專用道建立衛星導航系統,七月完成上路後,單車安裝衛星導航器,在宜蘭縣特定路線騎車兜風不用怕迷路。

自行車專用道因為禁止汽、機車進入,大都未被劃入汽車衛星導航區域。單車專用衛星導航�?吽B設計原理和汽車衛星導航有點類似;另增車速、里程數、心肺狀況,方便騎士了解身體狀況、運動量。

宜蘭縣政府委託體育會自由車委員會普查縣內自行車道,包括宜蘭市宜蘭河自行車道、冬山鄉冬山河自行車道等,普查項目包括車道特色、標高、地形地貌、景點、地方小吃、休閒農場及地標。

工作人員會透過衛星定位方式註記沿途的重要地標,搭配電子檔照片、系統編輯,和衛星資料連結,設成網路平台。系統完成啟用之後,單車騎士進入自行車道,設定衛星導航器,螢幕上便會顯現地標位置、車道坡道,方便騎士按圖索驥。

縣府工商旅遊處長游文祥說,「宜蘭自行車觀光休閒地圖」除了設置單車衛星導航,還有自行車租借站普查,並把自行車專用道「分級」,提供更多樣化單車玩法給遊客選擇。(自由時報)

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