New Taipei City (新北市) police are taking steps to avoid congestion at an annual rock festival that will be held next month at Fulong beach, in anticipation of huge crowds, according to the city’s traffic division.
The Ho-Hai-Yan Gongliao Rock Festival, which starts on July 11, is expected to attract a bigger audience than the 800,000 recorded last year. The city’s traffic division is therefore putting measures in place to prevent traffic jams in the areas near the beach venue.
A total of 228 police officers and 85 volunteers will be deployed in the area to monitor and control traffic from 10am to midnight on the five days of the festival, said Chen Mu-shu (陳木樹), head of the city’s traffic division.
Parking will be prohibited on several roads, including Longmen Street, Fusing Street, Fulong Street, the section of Highway 2C leading to Lingjiou Mountain and Provincial Highway No. 2, he said.
The idea is to separate pedestrian and vehicular traffic to allow a smooth flow, he added.
The city’s police department said there are enough parking spaces for 2,560 cars and 2,720 scooters.
However, the public is strongly advised to use public transportation such as trains to get to the venue to avoid traffic congestion, it said.
The free music festival is one of the biggest annual indie events in the country, featuring performances by local and foreign artists.
This year, one of the headliners will be the award-winning Taiwanese band Mayday (五月天), which is scheduled to perform on the last day of the festival.