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June 19, 2006

Taking a bike ride in Taipei

If you don't have something else in mind about what to do in the summer, going for a bike ride may sound like a good idea to you. In Taipei, the local government has built up several bike paths outside the retention walls of the rivers in Taipei. Good news that they are closed off to traffic, so now we can rest assure without worrying risking our necks on streets and highways.

built up 建立
bike paths 自行車道
retention walls of the rivers 河堤
be closed off to something 對某事禁止
rest assure 放心
risk one's neck on something 冒某事的風險

However, here comes to other concerns: how do we get started off and where do we begin our bike trip? Well, the answer to the question depends on where you live. If you live in the north of Taipei, you may wanna take the bike trail along Dan-Shui river. For those who live near the south, Jing-Mei River bike path is just right next to the Jing-Mei bridge and now it can extend all the way to Wan Hua, or even further up to She-Zi island. For the residents of Eastern Taipei such as Nei-Hu or Xi-Zhi, there are parks along Keelung river and some clearly marked and well maintianed bike paths can easily be found over there. It just wind all over the place. You can either put a bike rack on your car, so carrying the bikes to the bike paths becomes no sweat any more, or take the MRT with your bike to your favorite bike trails.

concern 關心
start off 開始
depend on 視...而定
bike trail 自行車徑
extend 延伸
further up 進一步
resident 住民
clearly marked and well maintianed 清楚顯示且維護良好的
bike rack 自行車架
no sweat 簡單

Are you really to go for a pleasant bike ride? Hey, don't forget to put on sun block before doing that out-of-doors.

pleasant 令人愉快的
sun block 防曬乳液
out-of-doors 戶外活動

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