Taipei--More than 100 traffic tickets have been issued to cyclists for illegally riding on sidewalks since July, the Taipei City Department of Transportation (DOT) said Thursday.
According to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act, anyone caught riding on sidewalks (including covered sidewalks) outside of designated bike lanes or on any sidewalks that do not have signs allowing dual use by pedestrians and cyclists is subject to a fine of between NT$300 (US$9.9) and NT$600.
As of end of July, a total of 139 traffic fines and 719 verbal warnings were issued since the regulations came into force on July 17, DOT Commissioner Chang Jer-yang (???) said.
Although most offenders were let off with a light warning, Chang said officers will fine cyclists if they endanger pedestrians.
Depending on the circumstances, the final call will reside with officers at the scene, he added.
The measure is being strictly enforced on such major thoroughfares as Xinyi Road, Ren'ai Road, Xinsheng South Road and Roosevelt Road that have a network of bike paths.
According to the DOT, the crackdown is part of the city's efforts to promote cycling etiquette at a time when an urban bike lane network is being developed and the number of cyclists continues to grow.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel