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Ko: City should Design Traffic Policies with Vision of Next 50 Years

Mayor Ko Wen-je acknowledged the effort of traffic officers and instructed relevant authorities to work to decrease traffic violations. He made the remarks while attending a briefing on the city’s traffic and transportation issues on January 30.
Citing the mostly-reported illegal parking location--Section 1 on Fuxing South Road-- in December 2014, the mayor demanded responsible agencies to review the availability of parking space and red line markings of the area. A re-examination of road safety should be conducted to ensure residents have the right of road, Ko noted.
On the city’s construction of cycling paths, Ko reckoned that the infrastructure should be implemented with a vision of the “next 50 years.” He elaborated that more value-added services should be incorporated into the 400 existing YouBike rental stations, for example installing 4G internet AP-hotspots.
Ko added that the government should establish a platform where people can freely express their valuable opinions and that policy planners will be able to tap into the collective wisdom for the benefit of the citizenry.
Listening to agencies’ analysis of the top ten accident hotpots, the mayor suggested that Research, Development and Evaluation Commission and Department of Information Technology collaborate to set up a website encouraging public participation. The website can not only gather people’s advice on how to address the problem, but by publishing the hazardous hotspots, help to reduce the number of accidents as people heed the warning.