Sun, Oct 30, 2011 - Page 2 News List

Old Caoling Circle-Line Bikeway to open today

By Lee I-chia  /  Staff Reporter

An undated handout photo shows the Sandiaojiao Lighthouse in New Taipei City, one of the coastal scenic spots along the Old Caoling Trail Circle-Line Bikeway.

Photo: Ministry of Transportation and Communications

A 20km bikeway along the nation’s northeast coastline — the Old Cao-ling Trail Circle-Line Bikeway (舊草嶺環狀線自行車道) — that passes through an old fishing village and several coastal scenic spots will be officially opened today.

The bikeway is part of a project by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications to demonstrate energy saving and carbon reduction through the establishment of an eastern Taiwan bike path network.

Starting from the train station at Fulong Village (福隆), the bikeway splits into two. To the northwest is a 5km trail that leads to New Taipei City’s (新北市) Aodi Village (澳底). In the opposite direction is the new 20km circular route along the coast, which passes into Yilan County and goes through the Old Caoling Tunnel (舊草嶺隧道).

The tunnel, which links the Fulong area to Yilan County’s Shihcheng (石城) township, was the first train tunnel built in Taiwan. It was converted into a public bikeway in 2008.

Hsu Cheng-long (許正隆), the Northeast and Yilan Coast National Scenic Area Administration director, said cyclists could view Taiwan’s easternmost point at Sandiaojiao Lighthouse, the Four Square Sightseeing Area, the geological landscape nicknamed “the devil’s washboard” and the Lailai Marine Terrace, among other scenic spots.

Moreover, cyclists can see Turtle Island (龜山島) from the coast near Shihcheng and can try the railway lunchboxes at Fulong and seafood at Aodi Village, he said.

The bikeway is separated from the original highway, which is often clogged by gravel trucks, for the safety of cyclists, Minister of Transportation and Communications Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) said.

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