Alishan, April 12 - 13, 2010. Click pic for album

Taroko to Kending

Taroko Gorge to Kending, Feb 14 - 19, 2010.

Northern Cross Island Highway

Northern Cross Island Highway, May 19 - 21, 2008. Click pic for album
18th September, 2009

“Car Free, Very ‘Jin'”

To further manifest its committment to green transportation, the Taipei City Department of Transportation is arranging a car free day event for the eighth consecutive year. Somewhat cryptically, the theme for the event is “Car Free, Very ‘Jin'”, but then we get the explanation: Different words pronounced “Jin” (actually “jing,” to be picky) can mean clean, pretty, competition, path, quiet, photogenic, environment and powerful, so “jing” thus represents eight different meanings supporting this international event, with “clean” being the main idea. Always numerologically aware, the department also tells us that the number eight has a special significance since it is the eighth year Taipei City organizes this international event.
The main event will be launched tomorrow, Sep. 19, with a biking event called “Car Free, Show My Pretty & Cool.” It will start at the Meiti riverside park (could find no time on the website) and pass along the Dazhi Bridge, Binjiang Street, Minquan West and Dunhua North down to Zhongxiao East, a distance of 12 km. To top it all off, this car free day even sports a car free section of road, namely part of Zhongxiao Sec 4, between Fuxing and Dunhua, or about 500 meters of car free road in all Taipei to celebrate the event. If you want to go to SOGO, you’ve gotta use your feet. A grand gesture indeed.
Read the whole “English introduct” on the Dep’t of Transportation’s web site here, or the Chinese intro here.

2 comments to “Car Free, Very ‘Jin'”

  • Wish I knew about your site earlier (and the one that let me to this one). I just moved to Vietnam in August. I lived in Taichung for four years and raced for HsinChu’s e-Ma Racing Team. I stuggled with knowing what was going on during my three year racing career there! SOO FRUSTRATING!
    don’t know we have ever met. My husband is Norwegian, and three years ago, I did the Vatterundan 300km ride. Have you done that?

  • tbv

    Haven’t done Vatternrundan. Only got into biking after I came to Taiwan, although last year was a bad year as far as biking goes. That’ll change this year though. Is there a lot of good biking to be had in Vietnam?