Now Taiwan does have a good bike path network that they are expanding on it, but there are still some major problems. I’m not sure if I’m the only one that have noticed the following.
There are rules, but no one enforces them. The problem is not the cyclists who spend money on bikes. But rather the twits who rent bikes on the paths and use U-Bikes. The paths have yellow lines down the center. It seems that no one understands the concept of left and right traffic. They zig zag and can’t ride in a straight line and take up all the space and ride as a snails pace.
The next issue I have are people who just stop in the middle and take up all the space and those with children who don’t monitor them.
Lighting is another issue. Many dark areas and people riding at night with no lights. Worse are joggers who don’t have lights. Once a year I ride across the Netherlands and Germany and the bike path police give you a ticket of 50Euros if you ride at night with no lights. Is it so difficult to have bike path police?
Next is the problems with signs. There are areas of the paths that are both for cyclists and joggers. But then you have these idiots pushing grandma on a bike path. Is it so difficult to keep to the walking paths?
The stops where they rent bikes is also a problem. Not the stops, but rather the bikes. The condition of these bikes is horrible and very often have faulty brakes. In Europe bike rental shops have their bikes checked once a year.
People must follow the rules. There is a government department that is suppose to oversee this, but I really wonder what they do. Personally I would have no problem charging a tax to use the network.
Worst of all are those scooter idiots to drive on the bike path.