Monday Grab Bag: More On Train Travel With Bikes

Bike Parking at MRT Station

Some more information has been added to the Guide to Bike Travel By Train post that I think may be useful.

It appears all you need is a passport number to make a reservation online.

MRT Bike Elevator
There is also some new information about ordering tickets over the phone. This system requires a Taiwan ID Card Number, so it is not ideal for visitors.

Here is a map of the Taipei MRT bike stations. It makes visualizing the opportunities for bike travel easier. Be sure to read the rules posted in the main post.



I was notified by a good friend that he was being prosecuted for possession of stolen merchandise and theft after buying, what he thought was, a “second-hand” bike.

According to my friend, he was looking for a cheap, second-hand bike to commute to and from National Taiwan University. He was offered a good deal on a typical clunker that was later recognized by the owner and identified as stolen.

The police got involved and my friend was notified that he would be prosecuted and receive a “mark” on his record, even if he is exonerated.

The moral of this story is to be very careful when buying a second-hand bike. Be sure to ask for some type of proof of ownership… receipts, maintenance records or something. Although they are inexpensive, the low-end bikes are more frequently stolen and can put you in some hot water.

In Other News:

I tried to visit a few bike shops over the weekend, but they were all closed on a Sunday afternoon. Typically, bike shops in Taiwan close on Monday after working on weekends when people have time to bike and shop.
My knee is 80% and I should be on the new bike by this weekend.

Taiwan Links:

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Government Sights Trained on Bicycle Transport

According to a report in the United Daily News, Taiwan’s government is finally ready to address the urgent need for trains with bicycle carrying capabilities. The need for bike trains has become increasingly important as Taiwan’s government has made cycling tourism one of the six pillars of its tourism plan.

The article reports that the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) is poised to procure new train cars for its local commuter trains, enabling each train to hold up to eight bicycles.

The first train cars are scheduled to arrive in September 2012, followed by a second batch of train cars by 2015. The plan expects to put 296 new bicycle equipped train cars into service around Taiwan and increase ridership for both bikes and trains.

Anything would be an improvement at this point. Under the current system you must apply to bring a bike on board and then you just rest it against the wall with everyone else. At your stop you practically have to beat the rest of the passengers over the head with your bicycle to exit.

Unfortunately, the new trains won’t go into effect soon enough.