Last month while participating in the Green Party bike ride I learned of Bike Smiling (微笑單車上路), Taiwan's version of Critical Mass. In Taipei it is held on the last Sunday of every month and today I joined for the first time. I turned up about twenty minutes before the scheduled starting time and there was not another cyclist to be seen. It was somewhat serendipitous to see the bicycle shaped lights decorating Ren'ai Road for the Lantern Festival though.
Around three o'clock a couple more cyclists arrived and by the time we hit the road there were about ten cyclists in all. The small group made it easy for everyone to ride together.
The ride stopped outside the Taipei Arena to watch an advertisement opposing the Su-Hua Freeway (蘇花高). If you look closely at the photo above you can make out the words "No Freeway for Freedom".
At the end of the ride people checked out everyone's bikes. The folding bikes seemed to attract plenty of attention. Two of them are being used here to do a Critical Mass style bike lift. If you are in Kaohsiung Bike Smiling will be at 7:00pm on Friday 29 February. The next one in Taipei is on Sunday 30 March starting from the main gate of NTU at 3:00pm.