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GIS system for cyclists launched as number of biking enthusiasts grows

Staff Writer, with CNA

A geographic information system (GIS) designed exclusively for cyclists in the greater Taipei area was launched yesterday as part of the government’s efforts to make Taiwan a “cycling island.”

Responding to an uspsurge of interest in cycling, the Construction and Planning Agency announced the initial results of a project in which it integrated nationwide cycling information to a Web and smartphone-supported platform.

In the current stage, the system, called “Biking,” provides riders in Taipei City and New Taipei City (新北市) with a variety of cycling information, such as directions to bike routes, public transport access points and the nearest bike repair shops.

Riders can take advantage of “Biking’s” social network function by uploading their routes and photos to the Internet.

For those who ride for exercise, the software offers personalized services that calculate calorie consumption based on the rider’s physical condition.

When the project is fully rolled out next year, the agency said, riders everywhere in Taiwan would be able to enjoy the service.

“We hope the world will see Taiwan not only as a huge bike manufacturer, but also as an island that provides an alternative biking lifestyle,” said Wu Yuh-jen, deputy director-general of the Institute of Transportation, which supports the biking information network.

More information on the system, as well as downloads, are available at http://biking.cpami.gov.tw.

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