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Taipei government proposes new law for cyclists

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Taipei City government is proposing a new law regulating cyclists, which would set penalties covering a range of offenses such as failing to install lights, carrying a second person, and illegally parking, local media reported yesterday.

Taipei City traffic department official Chen Qing-cheng emphasized that this law was only being proposed, and there is still ample room for discussion. According to Chen, most of the offenses covered under the proposed law are already covered by existing traffic regulations. The new law would provide a clearer definition of what constitutes a bicycle.

According to the United Daily Evening News fines would range from NT$180 to NT$600.

Among the proposed fines, failing to install proper brakes, warning bells, lights, and anti-light reflecting devices would attract a penalty of NT$180. Other offenses carry NT$300 to NT$600 fines.

Under the proposed law, cyclists may not carry another person or an object higher than their shoulder, wider than the handle bars, extends over the front of the bike by more than one meter, or heavier than 20 kilograms.

Cyclists must also ride on bicycle-designated roadways and not on pedestrian walkways. Other offense include riding without at least one hand on the handle bars, running red lights, riding against the traffic, riding at night without turning on lights, not giving pedestrians the right of way, excessive use of bells, and willfully blocking others by stopping in the middle of the road or next to trees, signposts, light fixtures, mailboxes, trashcans or any other areas that obstruct traffic.

Cyclists will also be restricted to riding under 15 kilometers per hour.

The proposed law will be sent to the Taipei City government for review at the end of this month.

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