In response to the rising popularity of cycling, the Tainan International Chihsi Arts Festival has created a "coming-of-sixteen"(做十六歲) cycling event in conjunction with Giant Bicycles Taiwan, which will take teenagers on a round the nation tour.
The “coming-of-sixteen” is a tradition unique to Tainan in which teenagers take part in a ceremony to celebrate their 16th birthday.
The Tainan City Government Cultural Affairs Bureau announced on Friday that prior to the official launch of the festival on Aug. 1, a 10-day cycling event will be held between July 17 and July 26 for teenagers aged 15 to 17.
The group will have a chance to see the nation’s beauty and enjoy the pleasures of cycling during a tour organized by Giant, which will be providing the bicycles and clothing for the participants, as well as issuing a commemorative certificate at the end of the journey.
The tour will be limited to 40 people, with preference given to 16-year-olds from Tainan who have parental accompaniment.
The tour will being in Tainan, heading south through Kaohsiung, Pingtung, then continue eastwards to Hualien, Ilan and Taipei, and then back to Tainan.
Giant will provide training and physical assessment by a professional coach prior to departure to ensure physical fitness.
Interested parties can register by calling 8007-7333.
In related news, two Tainan bus routes, numbers 0 and 15, have seen passenger numbers soar from 600 to over 1,000 daily since the routes became free in April.
In conjunction with the promotion, the Tainan City government and the Department of Transportation have launched a “Tainan e-bus Give me 5” prize draw. Between yesterday and July 6, passengers who collect five bus serial numbers or five tickets can entered a draw for free bus passes, bicycles, helmets and other prizes.
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