Ministry of the Interior Backs Public Easement for Pedestrians
The government has continued to push for improvements in public easement that protect the safety of pedestrians on the road in recent years. Forward-looking Infrastructure's road quality improvement project has been applied to accelerate the re-design of sidewalks blocked by street vendors, illegally parked motor vehicles, or miscellaneous items. The Ministry of the Interior has been promoting this initiative for over a decade. Around 500,000 sq.m. of sidewalks throughout the country have now been upgraded to create a pedestrian-friendly living environment.
According to the Ministry of the Interior, Taiwan is an aging society with a low birth-rate. The increase in demand for activity space from the elderly as well as the importance of a disabled access have spurred government efforts to improve the pedestrian environment. Between September 2017 and August 2021, 20.94 billion TWD in funding allocated to Forward-looking Infrastructure's road quality improvement project to accelerate quality improvements for local roads.
The Ministry noted that public easement covers not only hardware improvements but also education. In October 2018, a traveling road show was launched by CPAMI for elementary and junior high schools throughout the country. The road show has now visited 56 schools in 22 counties and cities, and has even traveled as far as Ren-ai Elementary School and Zhognshan Junior High School on the islands of Mazu to help students understand and recognize the importance of public easement.
The Ministry also noted that the guiding principle for public easement improvement is "truth, goodness and beauty." It means listening to the true requirements, appealing to the goodness in people's hearts, and working together for a beautiful future. Public education efforts wll be stepped up in the future to encourage all citizens to gradually join in creating a fine, obstacle-free living environment.