This afternoon I rode along the riverside bike path from Banqiao to Xindian. Except for a short section in Banqiao, I hadn't ridden along the bike paths that form quite an extensive network along the rivers in Taipei. I shot some video along the way and you can watch the video above complete with my commentary.
I started out along the path in Banqiao with the weather cloudy and occasional spots of rain. This part of the path seemed the least used and was the lowlight of the ride. It passes along a canal which has quite a stench. I have something more to say about it in my commentary on the video. The path is also quite poorly maintained, many of the paving tiles have come loose.
Once the path joins the Dahan River it is much better. I hardly saw any other people out on the path, although I think that was probably because of the weather.
A little further along I came to the area where they are constructing a new express way running north south connecting Banqiao to Sanchong. The expressway is elevated so it doesn't affect the bike path directly. As I comment on the video, I can't really see why Taipei needs yet more roads.
The Xindian River is surprisingly broad in places. There is a vast amount of space for recreational activities along the banks too. On a gray, rainy day however I only spotted a few people playing baseball. The other popular activity seemed to be flying remote-controlled model aeroplanes.
Eventually I reached the end of the path. I assume it continues on the other side of the river, but getting across the river necessitated going back quite a way. It was raining a little so I decided to head home rather than continue going much further. I went back via the road which was much quicker.
I will try out the bike paths again, perhaps on the other side of the river. I am sure if I go back on a sunny day I will have a more favourable impression.
Update: Download the Taipei Metro’s Guide to Hiking and Cycling (5MB pdf file).