YouBike is Taipei's public bike rental system, similar to the Velib' system in Paris. It debuted in Taipei only a few years ago with the goal of decreasing traffic and pollution in the city. You're bound to see their distinctive orange and yellow bikes everywhere you go in the city.
There are two general ways to use Youbike: as a member or a one-time user. As a member, you can simply swipe with a registered EasyCard to pay for and take out a bike. Single users will have to either register a Chunghwa Telecom number or swipe with a chip credit card in order to use. It’s amazingly affordable: members get the first 30 minutes free and then it’s a whopping 10 NT for every half hour after that. (Non-members’ rates start right at 10 NT per half-hour.)
YouBikes can be dropped off at any of their many locations, making it extremely convenient to take advantage of different starting and ending locations. You can even download a YouBike app to see the status of stations near your current location.
It's by far the best way to get around the city, as Taipei is surprisingly bike friendly. My personal favorite routes are along Renai Road and Dunhua South Road. Both roads are wide, tree-lined avenues; both will take you past some of Taipei's most interesting sights and boutiques. The YouBikes are equipped with baskets, which is convenient should you decide to make some stops for shopping. Happy biking, everyone.