Taipei City Mayor Ko Wenje attended a World Health Day walking event at Da’an Forest Park today, and expressed his hope that people would walk more and use their scooters less.
Mayor Ko said that the “All Pass Ticket” will be available from April 16. The NT$1,280 pass will allow ticket holders unlimited rides on Taipei Metro and public buses throughout Taipei and New Taipei Cities for one month. The pass also includes free use of YouBike for up to 30 minutes at a time.
Given that the bus will not take you to your door, Mayor Ko hopes that commuters will make the last part of the journey home on foot.
The mayor, who is also a respected physician and surgeon, spoke of the health-giving benefits of walking. Skeletal muscles are very important to the human body. They are the main source of energy conversion during severe illness, and half of the skeletal muscle mass is located in the thighs. Therefore it is important to exercise more by walking, the mayor advised.
The next step is to reduce scooter use, the Mayor said. Mayor Ko pointed out that the number of traffic fatalities in Taipei City had hit a 20 year low last year. However, the number of injuries and traffic accidents had not fallen. Therefore the next step is to reduce the number of scooters.
The mayor also noted that 70% of traffic accident casualties were aged 18-25.
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