New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu went to Sindian District’s Dapenghuacheng Community last week to understand the configuration of the new YouBike public bike system being set up in his city. Six YouBike stations in Sindian and Sijhih are set to have trial runs before the Lunar New Year, Chu says, adding that in the next three years 300 stations are expected to open in New Taipei City, effectively expediting the implementation of the city’s public bike program.
The Dapenghuacheng Community is the site of New Taipei City’s first public bike station and the first station to operate inside a private neighborhood community. Chia Yu-ling, chairwoman of the community’s committee, says that residents have been enthusiastically renting the bikes. Even Chia herself, who rarely rides bikes, rented one and rode it a short distance just to give it a go. The next nearest YouBike station, however, is at Jingmei MRT Station, Chia says, adding that she hopes the New Taipei City Transportation Bureau will swiftly set up a YouBike station at Dapinglin MRT Station to make it more convenient for people to rent bikes and transfer to the MRT.
New Taipei City Transportation Bureau Simon Chao says that besides Dapenghuacheng Community, two other stations are expected to be completed at Dapinglin MRT and the intersection of Jhongsing Rd and Baojhong Rd before the Lunar New Year. Starting in the middle of the year, a three-year construction project consisting of three phases will commence, Chao says, adding that apart from increasing the number of stations in Sindian and Sijhih districts, YouBike stations will be set up in suitable areas near stops along the Sanchong and Yonghe MRT lines. Three-hundred stations will hopefully be completed within the next three years, meeting the goal of providing 8,000 public bikes in New Taipei City, he says.
1. enthusiastically adv.
踴躍地；熱情地；熱烈地 (yong3 yue4 de5; re4 qing2 de5; re4 lie4 de5)
例: They enthusiastically welcomed the guests to the party.
2. swiftly adv.
快速地；迅速地；敏捷地 (kuai4 su4 de5; xun4 su4 de5; min3 jie2 de5)
例: Justice was not attained swiftly. It was a long,
3. overcome v.
克服；戰勝 (ke4 fu2; zhan4 sheng4)
例: Persevere and you shall overcome these difficulties.
Giant YouBike spokesperson Vicky Liu says that obtaining land to build the stations for the bikes is the hardest thing. In Taipei, for example, all of the stations have been built on land owned by the city, she says, adding that New Taipei City’s ability to overcome this obstacle and collaborate with private communities will definitely make it easier to set up stations faster.
New Taipei City’s public bike system — NewBike — has been operating for three years and currently has 13 stations, Chu says, adding that YouBike will eventually replace NewBike once there are plenty of YouBike stations. To avoid wasting the public’s money, the NewBike bicycles will still be available to the public after being moved to the suburbs and riverside parks, Chu says.
(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)