Trike Riding In Kaohsiung Tiawan

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Trike Riding In Kaoshiung

Over the recent holiday, I had the distinct pleasure of riding my recumbent trike in the wonderful city of Kaohsiung.  This southern Taiwanese city is known for wide boulevards, protected side streets and ample scooter lanes.  It was a real pleasure riding there!  Notice in this shot, how large the scooter lane is (the space to the right of the solid white line).  Notice that there is ample space for parked cars and scooters to co-exist.

Trike Riding In Kaoshiung

Here is another example of the scooter lane.  There’s enough room to park a big truck and still make it by with no problem!

Trike Riding In Kaoshiung

Just look how wide the intersection is!  There is plenty of visibility, and therefore, reaction time, making these large roads very safe for cyclists.

Trike Riding In Kaoshiung

One thing that I really like about Kaohsiung is the food market areas.  They run every day, some of them all day, some of them in the night only.

Trike Riding In Kaoshiung

Trike Riding In Kaoshiung

Trike Riding In Kaoshiung

Often, I rode right in the middle of a regular lane.  Not once did I experience an angry horn honking for me to get out of the way.  In fact, on this ride I met some very nice people.  Some took the time to ask me questions about the trike, while others gave me a friendly wave from a passing vehicle.

Trike Riding In Kaoshiung

For some reason, Kaohsiung often gets a bad rap from expats, but I can’t figure out why.  Here we see a brand-new KRT station, and an isolated scooter lane.  Cars are not allowed to trespass into this scooter lane.  I was able to ride in this lane with complete confidence.

Trike Riding In Kaoshiung

I’ve also heard expats complain about the layout of the city, but as this example shows, they put some thought into the layout.  Here you see a lane of car parking, along with a dedicated scooter lane.  For the most part, parked cars don’t block the scooter lanes in Kaohsiung.

Trike Riding In Kaoshiung

Lastly, this is one of my favorite situations – a completely protected side street for scooters, bikes and pedestrians.  To the left of the traffic island on the left, is a 4 lane thoroughfare, and there is a matching protected side street on the opposite side of the thoroughfare, making six lanes in all.

So, the next time you plan on going to Kaohsiung, I suggest taking your bicycle, or renting one at the many locations throughout the city.   You’ll enjoy the leisurely wide streets, dedicated scooter lanes, and the patient, friendly drivers in this southern Taiwan city.

UPDATE: I forgot to include the ride map.  Click on this link to see it.

MJ Klein
Former field engineer MJ Klein now lives in Taiwan, and writes articles that primarily feature photographs of travels of MJ and wife Hui-chen, plus daily goings on in the bustling island nation of Taiwan, and other places in Asia. Articles feature people, culture, food, situations and sometimes the trials and tribulations of traveling in places such as China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Laos and of course Taiwan.
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