Wed, Aug 01, 2007 - Page 4 News List

Taipei City Government forms bicycle police squad

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Taipei City Government announced yesterday the formation of a squad of bicycle-mounted troopers that will patrol the city's 106km of riverside cycling tracks starting on Saturday.

The 60-member squad will police the more than 500 hectares of riverside parks in the city and clamp down on anyone endangering the public or harming the environment.

"The troopers will cooperate with the police to ensure the safety of cyclists and residents who visit the riverside parks," Chen Yu-hsieng (陳毓賢), director of Taipei City's Water Conservancy Agency, said yesterday.

Due to a lack of staff, Chen said that there would be no nighttime patrols. But he said the city would seek to increase the number of bicycle troopers.

To mark the establishment of the squad, the city government invited the public to join Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) for a ride from Dajia Riverside Park (大佳河濱公園) to Shuangxi Riverside Bikeway at 2pm on Saturday.

Taipei City built its first dedicated cycling lane on Dunhua N Road in the 1990s. Today, the city's cycling tracks ring the giant "U" shape formed by the Keelung (基隆河), Tamsui (淡水河) and Sindian (新店溪) rivers.

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