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Nature takes over cycle paths in Tainan
有待加強的南市單車道

A sculpture of a cycle stretches across a cycle path in Tainan on Sept 10. Cyclists suggest the cycle paths should be better maintained.
一個腳踏車形狀的雕塑橫跨在台南的一個單車道上,攝於九月十日。車友建議維護方面要加強。

Photo: Wang Han-ping, Liberty Times
照片:自由時報記者王涵平

Tainan City is promoting cycle trips. However, with tree roots appearing on the cycle paths, weeds growing, the messy environment and other problems, cyclists hope that the relevant authorities will strengthen maintenance management.

Over recent days, staff from the Tainan City Government Department of Tourism visited Baihe, Houbi and Dongshan districts, inspecting their tourism industry development and their strategies for promoting cycling. Locals have offered many visions and are confident about their integrated area development. However, some riders opined that many bicycle paths are overgrown with weeds, affecting the scenery and recreational quality. There is a need to think of long-term solutions. Other cyclists said that even just the entrance area is highly problematic. It is overgrown with weeds, has a messy environment and decayed information signs; if you wanted to take a photo, you needed to hunt for a long time to find a beautiful spot.

The local borough warden found that in some places where there are Lobular Terminalia trees growing along the side of the road, the roots are gradually growing over the cycle path making the road bumpy. He was afraid that this would endanger cyclists’ safety and hoped that the relevant authorities would find ways to make improvements and also research into what type of trees were suitable to grow along the side of the cycle paths.

(Liberty Times, translated by Clare Lear)

台南市推展單車旅遊,但單車道出現行道樹竄根、雜草叢生、環境雜亂等問題,車友盼相關單位加強管理維護。

南市觀旅局人員近日走訪地方,探討白河、後壁、東山的休閒旅遊產業發展與單車運動推廣策略和方向;地方人士提出不少願景,對於區域整合發展深具信心。然卻有車友反映,目前許多單車道雜草叢生,影響景觀與休憩品質,有必要思考長期的解決方案。也有車友表示,光是入口意象的小廣場就令人詬病:雜草叢生、環境髒亂、解說牌腐朽,要拍個照都得喬好久才能取得美景。

TODAY’S WORDS
今日單字

1. integrated adj.

整合 (zheng3 he2)

例: The integrated area development has brought business and a better environment.

(區域整合發展已帶來商機並創造更好的環境。)

2. even conj.

光是 (guang1 shi4 )

例: Even just looking at cake makes me gain weight.

(光是看著蛋糕我就胖了。)

3. decayed adj.

腐朽 (fu3 xiu3)

例: Japanese era houses are left decayed all over Taiwan.

(全台日治時期的房子都任其腐朽。)


有里長則發現,部分單車道旁種植小葉欖仁,樹根逐漸竄到單車道上,導致路面凸起,恐會危及車友安全,希望相關單位研商改善,也檢討單車道旁適合種植的樹種。

(自由時報記者王涵平)

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