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Taipei expands cycling services in river parks

To make cycling an even more enjoyable experience, Taipei now operates a total of 10 "supply stations" in the city's riverside parks that offer free drinking water, a bicycle rental and loan service, and roadside assistance to riders.

Cyclists also can borrow air pumps and take advantage of the simple repairs service at the supply stations. The also can quench their thirst with hot, warm or iced drinking water drawn from the drinking foundations at the stations.

In the event a cyclist encounters a problem on a riverside park bicycle trail, he or she can call the emergency hotline at 0982-780-780. Service personnel at the supply stations will provide instructions on how to repair a bike if the problem is simple, or rush over to render roadside assistance if the problem is complicated.

Injured pedestrians, motorists whose cars have broken down inside the parks, people who have lost their way, and senior citizens who are too weak or too tired to return their rented bicycles also can dial the same number and ask for help.

Such assistance is, in principle, free. However, a cyclist will be charged for the parts, but not the labor, if parts replacement is required.

Daily consumption of water by cyclists at a station is estimated at a dozen liters on a holiday and less on a regular day, according to Yang Mu-hsing, manager of the bicycle rental service in Jingfu Riverside Park, who calls on cyclists to use drinking water sparingly and bring their own environmentally friendly bottles and glasses. No paper cups will be available, he said.

Supply stations in eight out of the 10 riverside parks are designated "all-day" stations, which open from 8 a.m. till 9 p.m., except for a noon to 2 p.m. lunch break, which is cancelled on national holidays. Bicycle rentals are available from 8 a.m. till 8 p.m.

The all-day stations are found in the Guandu Riverside Park (關渡水岸公園), the Yanping Riverside Park (延平河濱公園), the Meiti Riverside Park (美堤河濱公園), the Gongguan Riverside Plaza (公館水岸廣場上), the Daonan Riverside Park in Muzha (道南河濱公園), the Guanshan Riverside Park (觀山河濱公園), and the Huazhong Riverside Park (華中河濱公園).

The supply stations in the other two riverside parks are designated holiday supply stations. They are found in the Heshuang No. 21 Riverside Park (河雙21號河濱公園) on Zhoumei Street and the Rainbow Riverside Park (彩虹河濱公園) on the right bank of Keeliung river underneath the MacArthur No. 1 Bridge. These stations open only on weekends and national holidays, and their hours are from 8 a.m. till 6 p.m., while bicycle rentals are available from 8 a.m. till 5 p.m.

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