(Click to enlarge) The dominant means of transportation in Taiwan is not car, not bicycle, not subway, but scooter. You know how a few years back some nerd came up with the Segway because he thought it would solve the world's problems by giving everyone their own compact personal transportation?
Little did the nerd know that the perfect solution already existed.
Scooters are already lightweight, compact, mobile and easy to operate. The only problems are: 1) Everyone on scooters still leads to a lot of congestion on the road, and 2) You need to find some place to park them. Both problems would exist with everyone on Segways as well, and scooters are marginally less nerdy. In the case of Vespas, of course, they're actually cool, but I saw very few of those in Taiwan.
The place to park scooters is most often on the sidewalk in front of the business you're going to, so this often makes it unpleasant to simply walk. Taipei is the only city with a subway system - called by the prosaic name of the "MRT" - and this seems to have cut down to some extent on the scooter congestion problem, because it's much easier to drive and walk there than it is in Gaoxiong, the second biggest city.
The Lonely Planet guide to Taiwan has a picture of, literally, an entire family of five people on a scooter. I thought that this was a lucky shot of something strange when I saw it, but such sights are actually commonplace. You very, very often see little kids riding scooters, sometimes standing up in front of their mom or dad and not wearing a helmet while the parent wears one. Another thing is little dogs in the baskets on the front of the scooter. This is not such a big deal, but it's strange when you see a small dog or sometimes a big dog riding on the scooter itself. The weirdest thing I saw was in Taipei; where on a busy road a guy had a poor tiny little dog on a leash next to the scooter, using every ounce of its energy trying to keep up.