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Taichung plays down 2021 plan to forbid motorcycles

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Taichung City government yesterday played down concerns over a newly passed rule banning gasoline motorcycles in specific zones of the city.

Taichung Deputy Mayor Tsai Ping-kun said the new rule, which will be implemented in 2021, is looking to ban gasoline motorcycles only in certain remote communities, pedestrian zones and some crowded shopping areas.

When the rule was adopted earlier this month, some citizens expressed concerns that such a measure would cause transport inconveniences.

Tsai said the central city is stepping up efforts to improve its public transport systems. Its mass rapid transit railway and bus rapid transit systems will be already in service before the gasoline bike ban takes effect, he said.

Tsai said the number of gasoline motorcycles in Taiwan is far higher than those in developed countries, and they are a major source of air pollution.

Electric bikes are becoming more popular and Taichung has plans to promote them, the deputy mayor said, adding the government is looking to subsidize purchases of electric motorcycles.

December 30, 2013    curtisakbar@
Why not ban all non-hybrid vehicles? Buses, cars etc. cause just as much pollution as bikes.

Will this law only apply to small bikes under 250cc or to all bikes?
December 30, 2013    jjube@
Taiwan is one of the only developing countries in the world that depends so much upon motorcycle transportation.

Do the people of Taiwan see it as progressive riding around freely polluting the atmosphere with their petrol powered motorcycles?

Compare the pollution produced by 70 motorcycles as opposed to seventy people riding one bus. It makes no sense at all to depend on the motorcycles. City centers are terrible places to walk around at rush hour, or most parts of the day.

People seem to be more concerned with tainted cooking oil rather than the effects of breathing pollutants into the lungs.

So, Taichung should be warmly applauded for attempting to change the status quo.
December 30, 2013    nantougene@
Another law treating people riding motorcyclist and scooters as second class citizen. They are even taking away street parking for those people and converting them to cars parking. You can park 10 motorcycles in one car parking space. You are transporting 10 people verses 1 person at a minimum capacity and 20 people verses 5 at maximum capacity. But they still allow 2-cycle engines to operate legally on the streets along with trucks with billowing black smoke but that ok. Along with large vehicles exhaust systems at street level instead of up in the air. Logic, I think not.
December 30, 2013    galaxietw@
What a joke. Comparing everything to that of "developed counties"? Taiwan has one of the densest populations in the world, making motorcycle riding a good choice to transport. I would like to see which electric bike can ride for a hundred kilometers a day without charge.
December 30, 2013    ludahai_twn@
Get those bikes off the road. They are a danger to other users of the road and many of them emit more pollution than new cars do.
January 2, 2014    linmindah@
Ban all forms of mechanical powered transportation from markets - they take up the space of 7 people, riders are rude, and they're a trip hazard. Plus noisy & smelly
January 3, 2014    curtisakbar@
Instead of banning scooters, ban all smoke puffing vehicles. Impound the vehicle when reported and only release it after the problem is fixed.
January 4, 2014    taipeir2001@
nantougene@ wrote:
Another law treating people riding motorcyclist and scooters as second class citizen. They are even taking away street parking for those people and converting them to cars parking. You can park 10 motorcycles in one car parking space. You are transporting 10 people verses 1 person at a minimum capacity and 20 people verses 5 at maximum capacity. But they still allow 2-cycle engines to operate legally on the streets along with trucks with billowing black smoke but that ok. Along with large vehicles exhaust systems at street level instead of up in the air. Logic, I think not.
Two stroke engines have been banned for at least 5 years and are a rare sight in Taiwan now.

The problem is scooters are very polluting in terms of SO2, NO2 and Pm2.5 particles. They are even more polluting than cars because cars have catalytic converters and scooters don't.
Plus scooters are usually parked on pavements not on the curbside so they inhibit pedestrians from getting around.

The problem is not scooters vs. cars but rather all forms of motor vehicles need to be adjusted to reduce emissions and for proper parking regulations to be implemented.
January 4, 2014    taipeir2001@
galaxietw@ wrote:
What a joke. Comparing everything to that of "developed counties"? Taiwan has one of the densest populations in the world, making motorcycle riding a good choice to transport. I would like to see which electric bike can ride for a hundred kilometers a day without charge.
They are not a good choice. A much better and more efficient choice would be rail and subway systems along with electric bikes. No need to use petrol scooters everywhere polluting the urban environment.
January 7, 2014    taipeir2001@
galaxietw@ wrote:
What a joke. Comparing everything to that of "developed counties"? Taiwan has one of the densest populations in the world, making motorcycle riding a good choice to transport. I would like to see which electric bike can ride for a hundred kilometers a day without charge.
How many people ride their scooters for over 100 kms per day.

Why would the average person do that? Do they want an iron arse?
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