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How are bicycles defined according to the Taipei City traffic system? How will the City manage motorcycle use and contain the growth of the number of motorcycles?

  1. The City defines bicycles as primarily for recreational use and secondarily as a short-distance means of MRT transfer. The City hopes that they will gradually replace motorcycles as a short-distance means of transportation within neighborhoods and communities.

  2. The Department has in recent years recognized the effect of motorcycles on traffic order and road safety. Therefore, with respect to traffic policy, the City categorizes motorcycles as an urban transportation means, and has set a policy goal of a zero growth rate in motorcycles. To accomplish this, the City will gradually introduce a number of motorcycle-use management measures, including instituting motorcycle parking fees, regulating motorcycle parking in arcades and on sidewalks, creating street-side motorcycle parking spaces, formulating laws regulating motorcycle parking spaces for buildings, reserving motorcycle lanes, and heightening traffic law enforcement with respect to motorcyclists, to control motorcycle use effectively. In addition, in order to highlight the link between motorcycles use and estimated social cost, the Department will in the near future impose off-street motorcycle parking fees, and conduct a trial of street-side motorcycle parking fees to curb motorcycle use. At the same time the Department will continue to integrate public transportation, including routes, frequency, and information, and set up downtown bicycle lanes for short-distance transfer purposes in hopes of providing efficient and more reliable public transportation services. By so doing, we hope to encourage motorcyclists to switch to public transportation. We believe that the above motorcycle-management policies and other measures would graduallly discourage motorcycle use, and improve traffic order and road safety in the City, and therefore solidifying Taipei’s model transportation service as a role model to other cities and counties.