The May 2008 edition of Bike Smiling (微笑單車上路) was held on Sunday 25 May. My bilingual report can be found on the Bike Smiling blog. (The Chinese has benefited from some good editing!). Thanks to Victor and Mike of Cycle Taiwan for joining the ride.
I'd also like to feature this photo of Barking's wonderful sign. The three characters are 免呷油. Pronounced in Mandarin it means, "don't fill up with oil". Pronounced in Hoklo Taiwanese it means "don't eat oil!"
It is very topical with the recent rise in petrol prices. I planned to get a before and after photo of the petrol prices. However, the Premier Liu Chao-shiuan (劉兆玄) announced the price increase at short notice, five days earlier than planned. This lead to a frenzy of petrol buying in the hours before it increased. Tim Maddog has written about the media coverage of the price rise. The realities of peak oil and climate change mean that the only way is up. The era of cheap oil is over so get on your bike!
The next Bike Smiling is on Sunday 29 June at 3:00pm. Meet at the Ren'ai Road gate of Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall.