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Taipei to limit cars on Yangmingshan for flower festival

Staff writer, with CNA

A police officer directs traffic in the Yangmingshan mountain area in Taipei on Feb. 1. The area’s popular flowering season is set to begin on Friday.

Photo: Liu Ching-ho, Taipei Times

Traffic controls are to be put in place around Yangmingshan National Park (陽明山國家公園) from Saturday to cope with the crowds expected to visit the park during the annual Yangmingshan Flower Festival, which this year runs from Friday to March 17.

The Taipei City Police Department’s Traffic Division said that traffic controls would be enforced on a total of 11 days — Saturday, Feb. 17, Feb. 24 and Feb. 28, as well as from March 1 to March 3, March 9 and 10, and March 16 and 17 — to maintain order on the roads in the Yangmingshan area.

Checkpoints are to be set up at the intersection of Yangde Boulevard — the main road to Yangmingshan — and Zhicheng Road, as well as the intersection of Yangde Boulevard and Zhishan Road Sec 2, Lane 1, from 7am to 4pm, the division said.

When controls are in place, the only private vehicles to be allowed access would be those with a permit to travel up the mountain, it said.

For private vehicles traveling down the mountain, checkpoints would be set up at the intersection of Yangming Road and Zhongheng Street, as well as at the intersection of Gezhi and Kaixuan roads from 2pm to 6pm, it added.

Flexible traffic controls are to be implemented at other checkpoints, including the intersections of Gezhi and Jingshan roads, Yangming Road and Sinyuan Street, and at the start of Zhishan Road Sec 3, Lane 71, the division said.

Due to the expected influx of visitors and vehicles to the area during the festival, the division suggested that those who want to visit the area use public transportation.

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