Dadaocheng Wharf to Guandu Temple along the Danshui and Keelung River Bicycle Paths. Taipei has not only recently began to boast a vibrant bicycle culture, but also a series of lush rivers and wetlands that weave through the city. Thus, it was no surprise to me to find that the city created numerous river bike paths and infrastructure that are for the most part connected to each other, creating a network of arterial paths that encircle the entire city. Along the paths are major nodes, which usually feature public amenities such as a park, a playground, fishing piers, or city bike rental stands. Dadaocheng Wharf is one of these nodes where Chris and I rented our city-owned bicycles, and headed north to Guandu Temple. The first stretch ran along the Danshui River.
Zhoumei Expressway Overpass
A public cyclocross course!
The Keelung River Bicycle Path & Guandu Bird-Watching Bikeway.
Overall, the bicycle path was heavily utilized not only by recreational cyclists, but also by commuter cyclists going home from work and the markets. And not only cyclists occupied the riverpath; there were plenty of causal joggers, runners, and even fishermen. The city infrastructure for the paths covered a lot the bases: wayfinding signage, clearly marked road paint, covered bench seating, overhead lighting, and even a cyclocross course! Chris and I ended up biking around 20 miles round trip along the scenic and lush riverpath, all within view of the Taipei city high-rise skyline.