In Mayor Hu's statement, he said that biking would save energy and reduce CO2 emissions, as well as benefit public health. For International Car Free Day (September 21st), the Taichung City Government plans a new 13 kilometer route and welcomes all residents to participate.
According to the Department of Information, related activities for International Car Free Day have been arranged by the Taichung City Government for the last 5 consecutive years attracting thousands of participants every year. A new route was planned by the city government this year, in contrast with all the bike routes centered in downtown areas over the past 5 years. It starts from the Taichung Football Stadium at 6:30AM on September 21st continuing along Huangchang Road under the Taichung-Changhua Expressway viaduct with the unrestricted feeling of a wide road, arriving at the Wurih Intersection of the Taiwan High Speed Railroad, returning to the stadium along Huangchang Road, with a total length of 13 kilometers. The new route is believed to bring participants a brand new perspective.
Mayor Hu pointed out in today’s press meeting that riding a bike was very good exercise, letting riders sweat and improving metabolism. It would also aid in sustainability. He expected lovers of cycling to participate in and also devote themselves to a global sustainable goal.
This year the host institute will provide useful raffle gifts, including a 42 inch LCD TV, Giant and Merida bikes, gift certificates provided by Evergreen Laurel Hotel, and membership certificates provided by California Fitness Center. Macdonald's will hold a painting competition. All interested are welcome to join, and registration will be accepted until September 7th, with registration forms available at Macdonald's and bike stores. Details can be found on http://www.agan.com.tw/carfree .