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A Trial for “Bicycles Sharing Pedestrian Traffic Signals with Pedestrians” will Start From January 10

In order to reduce the interweaving of bicycles, cars, and motorcycles at intersections, the Taipei City Traffic Engineering Office (henceforth referred to as TEO) have established a measure of “bicycles sharing pedestrian traffic signals with pedestrians,” taking reference from Japan. Starting from January 10, 2018, this measure will be put into trial at the Xinyi Road/Keelung Road intersection, Xinyi Road/Guangfu S. Road intersection and Xinyi Road/Anhe Road intersection. Bicycles riding along bicycle trails and on sidewalks should follow pedestrian traffic signals when coming across intersections.
TEO stated that, given that some traffic signals for vehicles and pedestrians are not coherent, the potential hazard of bicycles getting stuck in between right-turning vehicles in common lanes may occur if bicycles on sidewalks follow vehicle traffic signals. Therefore, after taking measures carried out in Japan as reference, the measure of “bicycles sharing pedestrian traffic signals with pedestrians” was reported to the Ministry of Transportation and Communication, and the trial of such a measure was agreed upon. Bicycles that ride along bicycle trails and on sidewalks should follow pedestrian traffic signals when coming across the aforementioned intersections. By doing so, TEO expects to reduce the interweaving of bicycles, cars and motorcycles at intersections.
TEO called on bicycle riders to follow pedestrian signals when riding across the aforementioned 3 intersections. Moreover, during the trial period, TEO will also observe any change in bicycle riding behaviors. Its effects will be reviewed after the trial ends, which will serve as a reference for successive improvements.