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All photos on this page taken September 2005

Yield (Give Way) sign.  Generally placed in advance of the intersection it applies to.


Pass either side.  Hualien.
Keep Right. Hualien.
On the east-coast of Taiwan, it seemed that most traffic signals were in flash-mode. Apparently only used on weekends and holidays when there is sufficient traffic to justify their use. The few locations where pedestrian signals had been installed, had them facing away from the road or otherwise out of use. These unusual-looking ones were spotted in Hualien.
In Taitung, also on the east coast, I found these signals in operation. Well, almost. Only one light in each of these signals actually worked. I had to wait for the lights to cycle a few times to find a working example of a red and green man signal lit.
Meanwhile, in the busier west-coast cities, the animated LED pedestrian signals are spreading rapidly.
A traffic signal control box in Chiayi. On each visit to Taiwan, I see at least one traffic light control cabinet with an open or missing door. But they are not normally these larger electronic types. It was interesting to stand by and watch the lights cycling inside. There were no traffic-signal technician types in the vicinity. And yes, I did notice the exposed 110v terminals sitting there.
The small control box near this traffic signal is the type I usually see open. Compare this photo to the first one on page 1. It is the same location. The signal has now been moved off the road and onto the kerb.
Signals are generally on a timer and linked to others in a street so that they all change at once.
Assorted road signs. Chiayi.
Far Left: Green straight through and right turn arrows - no red light.
Near Left: Red light and green left turn arrows.
Does this mean left turns are permitted in the first photo? Or not?
Assorted signs and signals.
Roadworks are an extremely frequent occurrence on Taiwan's "free"ways. There is an apparent oversupply of cones, lights and other safety items, possibly to counter the prolific use of neon and other lights beside the roads.
Far Left: The sign on the left appears to indicate an obstruction in the road. In fact, it indicated that traffic could either proceed straight along the un-finished freeway interchange bridge in the left lane, or proceed via the exit ramp and rejoin the freeway at the next onramp, about 1km away.
Near Left. Why build new lanes at the same height as the old ones? Much more money for the contractors if they build a new higher bridge, then demolish the old one and build another high one next to it.
All roads lead to "1". Signs in Tainan indicating directions to freeway route 1 and highway route 1.
Far Left: Street in Tainan. Note all signals synchronised except those in flash mode.
Near Left: Dual roundabout. Scooters on the outside, cars on the inside. Signals try to prevent conflict of the two sides.  Tainan.

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