What do we do..?
We advocate a programme to promote increased levels of cycling in Hong Kong. The proposed measures improve environmental conditions for everybody. More cycling means fewer motorised trips resulting in improved air quality and reduction in vehicle noise pollution. Hong Kong has been slow in awakening to the need for curbing traffic or creating better conditions for pedestrians. The potential for functional cycling with its tremendous benefits has been totally overlooked, putting Hong Kong drastically out of step with major world class cities.
We cite New York and London as sample cities for implementing pro-cycling measures. Let us then aspire to similar standards as London and New York where the right to individual mobility by bicycle is officially respected and promoted, not persecuted as is actually happening in the SAR due to the unchecked, unsustainable, proliferation of cars, buses, and other road-hogging motor vehicles whose domination effectively strips citizens of the right to choose individual mobility by bicycle as an alternative.
In London today, cycling has a higher profile than ever and is vigorously supported by ex-mayor Ken Livingston who says: “Over half of all trips inLondon are less than two miles, easily within cycling distance”, and the current mayor, Boris Johnson is also a keen cyclist. The same is certainly true of Hong Kong, but here nothing is being done about it, whereas London is pioneering measures to cut car use, slow down traffic and encourage cycling with provision of on-road bike lanes, bike parking, signposted cycle routes, etc., throughout the city. Go to the London Cycling Campaign website for details.
The Hong Kong Transport Department has commissioned a “cycling study” from a consultant. In every other city in the world where such studies and bikeplans have been initiated, the terms of reference were to promote and increase cycling as much as possible. The danger with this government is that its brief may be skewed away from the progressive direction of “world cities” as advocated above.