TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—Taipei Department of Transportation announced Thursday that the Section One of Dihua Street (from the intersection with Guisui Street to the intersection with Nanjing West Road) will be designated as a pedestrian area on a trial basis from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Sunday in September.
Being the oldest street in Taipei (with sections in existence since the rule of Dutch Formosa from 1624–1661), Dihua Street has been an important centre for commerce in Taiwanese products and produce such as Chinese medical herbs, fabrics, dried foods, incense materials, and Taiwanese tea.
The architecture of the street has been under preservation and conservation efforts by the city. Modern Dihua Street along with its surrounding neighborhood and streets, known as the Dihua Street commercial loop (迪化街商圈), remain one of the most commercially active in Taipei.
In recent years, some of the stores on the streets have been transformed into cultural and leisure businesses, which have attracted more tourists to the area than ever.
After receiving suggestions from local people and conducting several internal discussions, the city’s transportation department finally decided to give it a go and designated part of the street as a pedestrian area on a trial basis.
Taipei Department of Transportation Commissioner Chang Jer-yang (張哲揚) said except for fire engines and ambulances, no vehicles, motorcycles or bicycles will be allowed to enter the pedestrian area, which also includes the alleys that connect with the street section, during the designated time.