Jul 21, 2014 UncategorizedComments Off on Gongguan to Become Car-free Zone on Holidays
The Gongguan Commercial District will become a limited time, car-free zone during holidays starting August 2. Mayor Hau Lung-bin made the announcement during a press conference on July 21.
The new measure will be implemented for a three-month trial run on weekends and holidays including Moon Festival and Double Tenth Day. Between noon and 10 PM on these occasions, traffic control will be implemented for parts of the Gongguan area, which will be open to pedestrians and bicycles only during this time.The pedestrian zone will cover five lanes, including Lane 316, Section 3, Roosevelt Road and Lane 24, Section 4, Roosevelt Road.According to Hau, Gongguan is a well-known commercial district buzzing with retail activity and boasting a boisterous night market. With its proximity to National Taiwan University, Taipei Water Park, and riverbank cycling trails, the district is always teeming with tourists and residents alike. The mayor stressed that he fully embraces the idea of improving traffic around the area proposed by the Department of Transportation to provide pedestrians with a comfortable and safe environment when they are shopping or engaged in recreational activities in Gongguan. The auto-free zone program has also garnered support from local businesses.He added that Gongguan Pedestrian Zone will be the second such project following the establishment of the Ximending pedestrian zone over a decade ago. The city government will continue its effort to promote a thriving Gongguan with more measures and draw upon feedback from local communities.