Being Pedestrian Friendly, the Right of Public Access Actively Promoted by MOI
To safeguard pedestrian road safety, the government in recent years has been continuously promoting the right of public access. With the road quality improvement program under the Forward-looking Development Project, sidewalks occupied by street vendors, illegally parked of motorcycles or piled personal belongings are re-planned in acceleration. This program has been continuously carried out by the Construction and Planning Agency, MOI for more than a decade. About 500,000 square meters of sidewalks around Taiwan have been improved for building a pedestrian friendly living environment.
According to MOI, Taiwan now faces the challenges of low birth rate and increasingly aged pollution, demands for activity spaces by the senior citizens have increased and it is important to provide a barrier free walking environment for the disabled. The government has made great efforts to improve pedestrian road use environment. From September 2017 to August 2021, a budget of NTD20.94 billion has been allocated for the road quality improvement program under the Forward-looking Development Project to speed up local improvement of road quality.
MOI stated that the right of public access shall be addressed from both hardware environment improvement and education. The Construction and Planning Agency since October, 2018, has begun tours to 56 elementary and junior high schools in 22 cities and counties around Taiwan including Renai Elementary School and Chungshan Junior High School on Mazu Islands to strengthen awareness and recognition of the right of public access among students.
MOI emphasized that the improvement of the right of public access focuses on “kindness” meaning increasing awareness and consciousness to jointly create a better future. In the future, outreach programs will be continuously launched to encourage voluntary change for developing a good and barrier-free living environment.