A while back I posted about some of the obstacles that cyclists face in Taiwan. One thing I noted was the lack of good parking for bikes.
Witness the sidewalks around NTU which are overflowing with bicycles. An area like this is crying out for some similarly well designed bike racks.
Well, it seems my wish has come true. I snapped the photo above while I was at NTU last week. The entrance to the Gongguan MRT Station is in the background. A news report from the Taipei MRT website gives more details.
To improve the orderliness of bicycle parking areas and address the problem of insufficient parking spaces outside MRT stations, TRTC has installed 320 double-decker bicycle racks outside Gongguan Station. This has effectively increased bicycle parking spaces there by 87%.
In total, nine thousand bicycle racks have been deployed, and plans for building more multi-tier racks is underway. Between 2004 and 2006, a total of 792 double-decker bicycle racks were installed at Beitou, Jiantan and Fuzhong stations.
I commend the MRT for their efforts. I only hope the various city and county governments in Taiwan can learn from their example.