Exploring Taipei on two wheels

Despite the high amount of vehicle and human traffic, the main roads in Ximending have designated cycling lanes and wider pavements, making it surprisingly easy for cyclists to navigate.
Despite the high amount of vehicle and human traffic, the main roads in Ximending have designated cycling lanes and wider pavements, making it surprisingly easy for cyclists to navigate. PHOTO: JACLYN SEAH

TAIPEI - While Taipei's Metro is the most convenient way to zip around the city, I found cycling a far more interesting way to explore and see some of the city's lesser known sights.

Taipei City has grown around the three major waterways that run through it - Keelung, Xindian and Tamsui. The Taipei City Government has cleaned up the rivers and built 28 riverside parks, which are connected by 112km of cycling paths, making them safer alternative routes for cyclists who would rather not brave the madness of Taipei's scooter-filled streets.

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