Cycling in Taiwan
There are good bike share systems in Taipei and Taichung city, so that you can get a bike almost everywhere. However, bike lanes are always absent and you have to ride on the road with faster motorbikes, automobiles and buses. Sometimes it is dangerous as the drivers don’t consider other road users. Some drivers park their cars as they like, blocking the roads for bike users. Yes, people can cycle on the road by law, but the space is not usually that friendly to the use. Some citizens say we have no clue to improve the situation because of limitations in the city like narrow roads which do not have space to include bike lanes, but I believe design mindset can allow some breakthroughs.
I met a mum with two daughters on the road, cycling with their own helmets. Most people regard riding bikes there is dangerous and avoid doing that. Risk prevention is sometimes a pessimistic bias because getting rid of it is impossible. Learning how to cope with, or live with the risk, is always the best solution. The family shows a good example. They rode together slowly with safety measures while understanding traffic conditions and rules.
Even though cycling in Taiwan is a bit dangerous, I still did it when I visited there. I don’t think I am brave, but I need to make more careful observations. Humans tend to avoid risks in order to protect themselves. However when you are successful in preventing one thing, you will have to face another accident. You will lose fun in life too. To safeguard yourself better, you need to learn to observe and analyzing the surroundings.