Jiang asks DGBAS to allocate budget toward bike paths
By Lauly Li ,The China Post
May 16, 2014, 12:05 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) yesterday during the Cabinet's weekly meeting requested that the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) prioritize budget allocations for construction of bicycle paths across the nation, noting that he hopes the bike path project will be completed before the end of 2015.
The Ministry of Education (MOE), the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) and the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) yesterday jointly delivered a report at the meeting regarding the bicycle path construction project.
Jiang said the total length of bicycle paths in Taiwan has increased from 900 kilometers in 2008 to currently 4,016 kilometers, adding that the well-established bicycle paths have earned a good reputation in international society.
Jiang said he hopes the aforementioned ministries will speed up the progress of constructing bicycle paths in the nation and jointly make cycling around the island a tourist attraction.
The establishment of a bike path around the nation will offer convenience to daily commuters and will also allow tourists to better understand each city's distinguishing features, Jiang said. The project will also boost local economies, he added.
The premier requested that Minister without Portfolio Yang Chiu-hsing (楊秋興) establish a cross-ministry platform to work on the project, hoping Yang will serve as a mediator among ministries and assist in bringing about the project's completion within one and a half years.
The MOE said around 2.45 million people in Taiwan go cycling on a regular basis, noting that the ministry has arranged 78 weekend cycling events with over 10,452 people participating.
The MOTC said it will integrate the information and service of railway stations, bus stations, scenic areas, restaurants and hotels to better promote the cycling environment in Taiwan.