Starting point of round-island cycling route announced

A "O kilometer" mark was unveiled at Songshan Station in Taipei Saturday as the starting point of Cycling Route No. 1 -- Taiwan's first round-the-island cycling route launched late last year.

As part of the opening ceremony for the starting point, a group of 48 cyclists set off from there for a nine-day, eight-night tour around Taiwan.

Among the cyclists, 18 were assigned by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) to re-examine the route to ensure it is safe and comprehensive, the Tourism Bureau said.

The route, which opened to traffic Dec. 30, 2015, spans 939.5 kilometers, mainly along Taiwan Provincial Highway No. 1 on the island's west coast and Taiwan Provincial Highway No. 9 in the east.

The bureau said the launch of the "0 km" mark is a very important milestone for establishing an environment friendly to cyclists and is also new starting point for the government's efforts to promote cycling tourism.

Using Cycling Route No. 1, cyclists can now complete a tour around Taiwan in nine days, or they can take advantage of 13 branch routes that will take them to popular tourist spots such as Sun Moon Lake in Nantou County, the National Palace Museum's southern branch in Chiayi County and Kenting in Pingtung County, according to the bureau.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel