Debut of Taiwan Cycling Tours Highlight of the Bike Expo NYby Sophia Hsu
The annual Bike Expo New York began Friday, May 5th and ran through Saturday, May 6th, 2017, in Manhattan and promotes cycling tours to New York cycling enthusiasts. This was the Taiwan Tourism Bureau’s fourth time as an exhibitor, inviting exhibition goers to consider international bike tours including Taiwan.
This year’s Bike Expo NY housed the largest number of cycling exhibitions in the United States with more than 120 booths showcasing cycling news and innovations. The event was expected to attract more than 60,000 biking enthusiasts. In addition to promoting Taiwan’s cycling tour, the Taiwan Tourism Bureau also showcased the newest models of the Taiwanese folding bike brand “Pacific Bicycle”.
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York’s Ambassador Xu explained, “The Taiwan government began the overall road network planning and construction of the bike lanes eight years ago.” The Ministry of the Interior, the Sports Council of the Executive Yuan (the executive branch of the central government of the Republic of China), and the Ministry of Communications worked together towards the same goal, to build a complete bike lane network connecting all parts of Taiwan. The mountain trail has been completed, and the coastline road around the entire island has been planned. With the county government cooperation, a dedicated route for the urban commuter is also in the works. Taiwan is not only the “Bicycle Kingdom” famous for making high-end bicycles; it has become a cycling paradise for enthusiasts around the world.
The Taiwan Tourism Bureau’s New York Office Director Zhang Ting said, “Bicycle travel is one of the most popular forms of travel in the world in recent years. The Taiwan Tourism Bureau is also actively promoting cycling tourism. At present, Taiwan has a number of bike lanes for different levels of experience, including a mountain loop that overlooks the water and Taitung’s Chishang Freeway, feasting one’s eyes on Sun Moon Lake’s watercolors.To really push your limits, consider the winding path straight through the steep, green mountains – a race to Taiwan’s highest point in the Wu mountain range. The ride showcases the diverse natural scenery and beauty. CNN’s travel site CNNGO selected Sun Moon Lake Road as one of the world’s top ten most beautiful bike routes. The famous Lonely Planet travel guide selected Taitung in 2016 as one of Asia’s top 10 tourist attractions because of its accessibility by bike with gorgeous views of the Pacific coastline and magnificent, starry sky. Whether you love to challenge yourself or simply love leisurely roaming by bicycle, everyone can find the best-fitting bike tour for you in Taiwan.
Taiwan’s own annual cycling event, the 2017 Taiwan Bicycle Festival,begins in October. On October 20th, the Taiwan Mountain Biking King Challenge will invite famous local and international athletes to compete in the friendly challenge. November 4th through 12th is the “Parade of Formosa” and invites a variety of cycling groups and their friends to connect and link their bicycles around the island. November 11th through 12th is “Come Bike Day” with activities to attract riders and their families to experience the breathtaking views of Sun Moon Lake.
One of the spearhead events of the Bicycle Festival’s third year is the “OK Taiwan Taichung Bicycle Carnival” inviting domestic and foreign tourists and cycling enthusiasts to enjoy the leisurely cycling trails in Taichung City from September 23rd – October 1st. The “Light Up Taiwan Relaxed Journey” is held from June 1 to December 31, inviting visitors to visit Taiwan’s lighthouses and surrounding special attractions.
For more information on the 2017 Taiwan Bicycle Festival, please visit the event website http://taiwanbike.tw/. For details regarding all of the tourism and other exciting events throughout the year, please visit timefortaiwan.tw/events or contact a major travel agency partner or the Taiwan Tourism Bureau website at www.taiwan.net.tw and http://go2taiwan.net/ for more in-depth inquiries.
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York’s Ambassador Xu (second from left) and CEO of Bike New York, CEO Kenneth J. Podziba (fourth from left), director of the Hong Kong office in New York, Zhang Weiting (left), sales manager of China Airlines New York Branch Yi Chao (fifth from left), and director of the Taiwan Tourism Bureau Wo Xiong (third from left) together to promote Taiwan’s tourism at the “2017 NYC’s 5 Boro Bike Tour”.