Date: March 1, 2016
Asia’s first-ever Velo-City Global Conference wrapped up March 1 in Taipei City, underscoring
achievements of the northern Taiwan metropolis in promoting sustainable transport.
Kicking off Feb. 27 at Taipei International Convention Center, the four-day event took place in conjunction with the annual Taipei International Cycle Show and Tour de Taiwan professional road race.
It drew over 1,000 participants from 43 countries, including 160 expert speakers and city officials. These comprise representatives from major cycling metropolises in the Asia-Pacific and Europe, such as Adelaide, Arnhem, Austria, Barcelona, Brussels, Copenhagen and Hokkaido.
Taipei Deputy Mayor Charles C. R. Lin said the occasion highlights the city’s commitment to transit-oriented development. “Efforts in this regard form a central plank in our Taipei Vision 2050 Project.”
The project aims to enhance resident mobility through raising awareness of environmental issues and smart technology. One key initiative is YouBike—the internationally acclaimed public bike rental system boasting the world’s No. 1 usage rate. [FULL STORY]