Taichung is offering free coffee to bicycle commuters every Thursday until the end of next month to promote clean travel, the Taichung Environmental Protection Bureau said last week.
The promotion began yesterday at Taichung Railway Station to coincide with World Car-Free Day.
Every Thursday until Oct. 27, people who bike to a designated location from 7am to 9am or from 4pm to 6pm can receive a voucher for a coffee and a mask from a convenience store, the bureau said.
Participants would also be asked to “like” the bureau’s Facebook page and share a post about the event, it added.
The dates and locations for eligibility are: Wenxin Zhongqing MRT Station on Thursday next week, Daqing MRT Station on Oct. 6, Taiyuan Railway Station on Oct. 13, Taichung City Hall MRT Station on Oct. 20 and Taichung Railway Station on Oct. 27, it said.
Giveaways are limited to one per person while supplies last, the bureau said.
Government data show that motorized vehicle traffic accounts for 37.4 percent of all emissions of PM2.5 — an indicator of airborne particles measuring 2.5 micrometers or less — in Taichung, bureau Director Chen Hung-yi (陳宏益) said.
The city is promoting cleaner forms of transportation, such as mass rapid transit, electric buses and the city’s iBike rental system, Chen said.
The promotion offers subsidies for residents to trade in polluting vehicles for electric alternatives, and for businesses to set up electric charging stations, he said.
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