Guest post by Adam Chang.
I’ve been finding myself in Taiwan almost every year for the past couple of years visiting relatives and also exploring the country. Each time I visit, the city seems to be expanding and becoming more of an international tourist destination. Despite the continuous growth, one thing that seems constant is the vast majority of scooters everywhere.
Taiwan has a great public transportation system that’s very easy to get around the city. However, you can’t turn a corner without spotting a couple scooters parked or driving by. I started to document the scooters casually a few years back but this past visit, I made it more of a mission to shoot as many as possible. Day or night, in the city or countryside you can almost be certain the amount of scooters will likely outnumber the cars and bikes.
Taiwan is known for their night-markets, which are usually located in narrows streets and alleyways. One thing I noticed is vendors using scooters to transport merchandise between the stalls, which sure beats having to carry items on foot or having to balance them on a bike. I’ve also seen customers ride through the markets on their scooters to shop for items as well.
I think it’s safe to say the Taiwanese’s prefer this method of transportation and anyone that has ever been to Taiwan can see why. Besides the obvious reason that scooters cost less than cars, in a major city where space can be hard to come by, it’s much more convenient to maneuver around on a scooter.