New Cycle path in eastern Taiwan

Taipei, May 9 (CNA) The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) inaugurated a project Saturday aimed at establishing a cycle path network in eastern Taiwan that will turn the region into a paradise for leisure cycling.

The cost of the project has been estimated at NT$791 million (US$23.88 million), spread over four years until 2012, MOTC officials said.

A main part of the project will be to open five "classic routes" covering Taipei, Yilan, Hualien and Taitung counties by the end of this year.

The shortest of these routes will be the 13.3-km Guanshan route in Taitung County, which covers tourist attractions such as the Guanshan Water Park and a century-old Chinese banyan tree, while the longest will be the 76-km Shuangtan route in Hualien county.

Also on the drawing board is a 71-km border-crossing route connecting Hualien's Rueisuei and Taitung's Changbin, which includes attractions such as hot springs and whitewater rafting.

The other two routes will be a 31-km path covering the Northeast Coast National Scenic Area in Taipei County, and a 68-km route from the Dongshan River to the Donggang Seaside Park in Yilan County.

According to the MOTC, the five routes will be created through extending and improving some existing cycle paths and will be further extended over the next few years to form an integrated network.

(Source: Y.F. Low)

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