First of Big Three 2011 Shows Kicks Off with Plenty of E-Bike Industry
Back for its 24th year, the 2011 Taipei International Cycle Show (Taipei Cycle) from March 16-19, will be the biggest ever edition of the show. Due to demand, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) expanded
TAIPEI, Taiwan – Back for its 24th year, the 2011 Taipei International Cycle Show (Taipei Cycle) from March 16-19, will be the biggest ever edition of the show. Due to demand, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) expanded the event, taking over the sixth floor of the Nangang Exhibtion Hall and adding additional outdoor exhibition space as e-bikes continue to spur growth in the industry.
Over a thousand exhibitors representing 36 countries from around the world will occupy 3,000 booth spaces at this year’s Taipei Cycle. Prominent manufacturers will all be there. As well, hundreds of other, smaller companies – selling whole bikes, accessories and parts, and of course, an outdoor test track so attendees can try before they buy.
Taipei Cycle 2011 will feature three main exhibit areas: complete bicycles, bike parts and accessories, and LEV (light electric vehicles). Events taking place during Taipei Cycle, include the Tour de Taiwan, the LEV Conference, the International Bicycle Design Competition (IBDC), Taiwan Cycle Night, and the always imaginative International Bicycle Design Competition. The highly popular Taiwan Cycle Night is taking place in the evening of the first day of the show (March 16). Location is the Wok restaurant on the 3rd floor of the Nangang venue.
Kicking off the show is the International Bicycle Design Competition, a showcase of innovative ideas and out-of-the-box thinking. It’s generated a number of interesting designs for two-wheeled transportation over the years, such as the last year’s winner built by Taiwan’s Hsi Huang – a folding bike that doubles as shopping cart when you arrive at the grocery store.
The 2011 IBDC will feature 21 entries, short-listed from 863 entries from 57 countries. The Gold Award winner takes home a prize of TWD 500,000 (€ 12,500). The Competition gets underway at 10am on the first day of the show and wraps up at noon.