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Did you know that Bicycles were first mentioned in the English Language Hong Kong Newspapers on 11th May 1869?

It was a note about ‘velocipedeschools for ladies in brooklyn [USA]

Cycling in Hong Kong first appeared in the long-forgotten ‘Hong Kong Daily Press’ newspaper on the 18th February 1870.

1870-02-18The final heat of the bicycle race will take place today at 5pm on the road at the foot of the race course. The first and second in each of the heats will take part in the final.

And how did the race go..?… we find out in the HK Daily Press on the 19th February 1870:

1870-02-19The third and final heat was run yesterday afternoon, and as on the previous occasion, a very large crowd of spectators assembled to view the sport. Bush, Dawson and Smith came to the scratch, and got the word “go” with a fair and even start. Dawson at once took the lead, and went spinning round the course at a good smart pace; Smith and Bush following several yards behind. Once round in this order and Smith begins to press the leader for first place which he succeed in getting just over the bridge; Bush number two and Dawson falling behind. The race is now entirely between Smith and Bush, who are keeping close company until half round the course, where Bush “opens out”, passes Smith with ease, and literally runs away from him. The leader now had the race to himself and completed the third round without any difficulty, coming in a winner by many yards ahead of Smith, who gets second place. Dawson nowhere.
The velocipede used by the winner is one of his own manufacture, a fact which shows that Hongkong is not very far behind the rest of the world in a manufacturing point of view

They were likely racing Penny-Farthings or similar as the ‘safety bicycle‘ was not invented until the 1880’s, which are more like the bikes that we recognise today.

 

 

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Protected Intersections For Bicyclists

May 10th, 2014 | Posted by Nick Andrew in advocacy | bike safety | urban development - (0 Comments)

Protected Intersections For Bicyclists from Nick Falbo on Vimeo.

 

Protected bike lanes are the latest approach US cities are taking to help their residents get around by bike. But these protected lanes lose their buffer separation at intersections, reducing the comfort and safety for people riding. What the protected bike lane needs is the protected intersection. This proposal for the George Mason University 2014 Cameron Rian Hays Outside the Box Competition presents a vision for a safe, clear intersection design that improves conditions for all users. Proper design of refuge islands, crossing position and signal timing can create a safe intersection that people of all ages and abilities would feel safe in.

Learn more online at ProtectedIntersection.com

If I owned the road

April 15th, 2014 | Posted by Nick Andrew in general cycling - (0 Comments)

From the fantastic Bikeyface blog, a recent post that all cyclists in Hong Kong can relate to.


Recently I found myself in this situation:

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And I wished I could show this dude what would happen if I really did own the road. Things would be very different.

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I wouldn’t have to take the lane ever again. People would have their roads back, and they’d be safer because…

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Bad behavior wouldn’t be tolerated.

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And parking wouldn’t be so free and flowing.

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And that’s just the beginning.

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No, drivers don’t realize how easy they have it. But, how about we make it a little easier for people?

Pedal for LOVE 踏一步 傳愛心

December 16th, 2013 | Posted by Nick Andrew in general cycling - (1 Comments)

This post was copied from the Fantastic Hong Kong Fixed Gear Girl website… go there to see more of the vibrant fixed gear culture in Hong Kong.

踏入普天同慶的聖誕月,HKFGG 誠邀大家在欣賞燈飾的同時,亦為有需要的孩子送上溫暖及祝福。
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今年聖誕,ifc商場為喧囂都市注入一份優遊自在。2013年11月21日至2014年1月2日ifc商場將中庭化身成枝繁葉茂的聖誕公園Central Christmas Park,是首個商場以單車及由群眾參與的大型聖誕燈飾裝置為時刻走在最前的都市人送上一份難得的怡情。

Central Christmas Park綠樹林蔭,大家可以無拘無束地坐在青草地上閒聊小休,享受片刻寫意閒情。於茂密叢林之間,您會發現11部單車的蹤跡,當中更包括紐約潮流行的GAZELLE單車。ifc商場邀請大家騎踏園內的單車,單車便能感應您的活力正能量,形成一道光跡,為商場聖誕裝置亮燈 ,Bike up the light up。場內單車適合成人、小孩同樂,大家可以化身城市旅人,一起參與炮製完美聖誕燈效的快樂過程。
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*您的足跡不單可締造璀璨,更可以成就善舉。
每一部單車均會裝上里數紀錄儀,在聖誕裝飾展示期間,
ifc商場將所有貢獻力量的朋友的每一步每一里數均變成善款
每一公里的里數將向聖雅各福群會眾膳坊食物銀行為孩子送上一份窩心早餐,
里數愈多,受惠的小朋友更廣,你的一公里,他的一份早餐,
希望大家能踴躍響應此活動,支援別具意義的社會工作。
Your bike ride through Central Christmas Park is much more than a marvellous holiday experience, it’s also an opportunity to show how much you care. The pedometer on each of the bikes at the Oval Atrium measures distance that you have cycled and ifc mall will convert the accumulated bike mileage into donation to a worthy cause. From 21 November 2013 till 2 January 2014, with every 1 kilometre of total bike mileage achieved by all 11 bikes, ifc mall will donate one hearty breakfast to St. James’ Settlement People’s Food Bank, helping underprivileged children in Hong Kong.  Hop on and bike to help light up the lives of the needy!
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而我們早前受ifc 的邀請,率先試騎場內的單車,並接受報章訪問,
談及踏騎場內單車後的感覺。直至昨天已經結集了4050.8公里,
這麼有意義的活動,我們HKFGG 當然是大力支持,因此希望大家在活動舉辦期間
能抽空騎踏園內的單車,一同向孩子們送上溫暖及祝福。
Our earlier invitation by ifc, try riding the bicycle and interviewed talked about the feeling of riding in the Central Christmas Park.
Until yesterday, It has alreday cluster 4,050.8 kilometers, we HKFGG absolutely support this meaningful charity event.
So we hope all of you can join us ,send the warm wish to the children during this Christmas.
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ifc商場《城市「悠」園樂在「騎」中》聖誕裝飾展示詳情
日期:2013年11月21日至2014年1月2日
時間:上午10時至晚上10時
地點:商場一樓中庭

七一遊行單車隊 Bikes @ 7.1 march 2013

June 25th, 2013 | Posted by Nick Andrew in general cycling - (1 Comments)

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單車隊會為七一大遊行隊伍開路。

集合於摩頓台(中央圖書館旁邊),下午2時。可提前預訂出租單車。

我們呼籲政府認識到現在騎單車的普及性和多樣性,並支持藉單車推動香港未來的宜居性、經濟及健康。

每一個使用單車代步或休閒的巿民的需求都應受到政府的計劃和關注。我們有各式各樣的原因使用單車,而我們厭倦了被決策者推到一邊說:「單車要讓路給重要的人」

正當我們的鄰居和其他許多國家正在制定單車在現代化城市中的功用的時候,運輸署為什麼仍然睜著眼罔顧很多香港市民騎單車代步這事實?我們的政府必須認真看待騎單車可以為香港做什麼。

請加入我們(慢)騎或推著你的單車走在七月一日大遊行的最前面。

重要提示:警方會在摩頓台檢查單車的設備。請確保你的自行車是完全合法的,例如制動器,黑暗時要有燈、後反光板。請留意這方面進一步的細節。

每個人 – 乘客,單車運動愛好者,送貨者,公路車手,山地單車手,單車會及在單車徑輕鬆騎單車的單車使用者。

租借單車
本活動將提供70架單車為現時未有單車但希望參加此活動的朋友租借, 先登記者得,登記方法如下:
* 當日租車費每架HK$200 (HK$100 租車及運輸費,HK$100租車按金(可於還車時取回)。7 月1日下午1:30 於摩頓台取車,下午6時半於中環終點(友邦中心旁)還車
* 請將所須租車數目的費用存入匯豐銀行戶口: 607 133063 888(鳴謝Mr. Andrew Brill先生借出戶口於本活動使用) ,並將銀行收據副本及活動當日用車人士的全名電郵到: bikerenting@gmail.com。我們將直接回覆你的「租車登記確認」和單車借還的詳情安排。
先登記先得,活動當日現場並無即場租車服務,敬請見諒!

Bicycles will lead the 1 July rally.

Meet Moreton Terrace (next to main Library), 2.00pm.

Bring your own bike or RENTAL BIKES available with pre-payment ($100 + $100 deposit) by Thurs 27th, contact bikerenting@gmail.com

We call on the administration to recognise the popularity and diversity of cycling now, and support it to boost Hong Kong’s livability, economy and health in the future.

Everyone who jumps on their bike to get to where they’re going or to enjoy the ride deserves a government that plans and allows for their needs. All kinds of us use bikes for all kinds of reasons and we’re tired of being pushed to the side of policymaking and told “keep out of the way of the important people.”

Why does Transport Dept still deny that lots of Hong Kong people ride bikes to go places, even as our neighbours and many other countries are developing the role of functional cycling in a modern city? Our government must look seriously at what cycling can do for Hong Kong.

Please join us to ride (slowly) or walk with your bike at the front of the rally on 1 July.

Important note: police will be checking equipment in Moreton Terrace. Please ensure your bike is fully legal, eg brakes, lights when it’s dark, reflectors. Check back here for further details.

 

Meeting Point Location:

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Un-ban cycling – the first batch of locations

March 12th, 2013 | Posted by Nick Andrew in general cycling - (3 Comments)

We have sent the first part of the long list of  locations that the cyclists of Hong Kong would like to see cycling unbanned. There’s more locations we will send later, but these will get the discussion started.

If you have more locations that you would like us to request for cycling to be unbanned, you can use this page to look at the locations we have so far and send us a location if it is not included already.

Ref Location
#1 Legco/Tamar Underpass legco-tamar
#2 IFC Underpass IFC underpass
#3 Hung Hom – Cheung Wan Road Hung Hom - Cheung Wan Road
#4 Fleming Road Fleming Road
#5 Marsh Road Marsh Road
#6 Connaught Road West (non-highway)  Connaught Road West
#7 Salisbury Road Salisbury Road
#8 Canton Road Canton Road
#9 Choi Hung Road Flyover Choi Hung Road Flyover
#10 Road from Ho Pui to Tai Lam <no photo available>
#11 High Island Reservoir, Sai Kung Sai Wan Rd <no photo available>
#12 Maclehose Section 10 <no photo available>
#13 Yuen Long Sewage Treatment Plant <no photo available>
#14 Brides Pool Road Brides Pool Road
#15 LCSD Central Waterfront <no photo available>
#16 Hung Hom Waterfront <no photo available>
#17 Shing Mun Country Park <no photo available>
#18 Cycle track adjacent to Caritas Lok Kan School <no photo available>
#19 Discovery Bay Tunnel Discovery bay Tunnel
#20 Tai Tam Reservoir Road Tai Tam Reservoir Road

 

We at Hong Kong Cycling Alliance are very proud to be a part of the first ever Hong Kong Bicycle Film Festival on 10th-13th January, and with the tickets on sale today, we’ll be rushing to get our seats booked..!
當下踩單車不只是潮流,更是文化。單車電影節集結世界各地獨立影片,述說有關單車的喜怒哀樂,2011年巡迴全球廿多個城市,吸引超過三十萬人欣賞。今回來到香港,正好乘著近來的單車熱,讓我們知道除了大尾篤、BBQ和牛下女車神外,關於單車還有無限可能性!
Cycling has recently become not just a trend but also a culture. The Bicycle Film Festival features a collection of independent film productions from around the globe, telling tales of joy and tears about cycling. The 2011 world tour drew an audience of over 300,000 from over 20 cities around the world. Held in Hong Kong this time, the festival coincides with the city’s post-Olympics cycling fever, opening up to the local community the infinite possibilities about cycling beyond the countryside cycling tracks.
對白以英語為主,非英語對白將附設英文字幕。
Dialogue is mainly in English. Non English soundtracks will have English subtitles.
單車電影節的四日節目包括電影攝影及古董單車展覽單車樂悠遊售票情況,可參看網站總頁
For Bicycle Film Festival’s 4-day programmes, including MovieExhibitionsFun Ride and Ticketing, please see BFF website HERE.

The Road Safety Council recently changed its guidance regarding where cyclists should be in the roadspace. It now tells cyclists to be in the middle of any narrow lane (ie. when another vehicle cannot safely be alongside within the lane) or when you are approaching a turn.

On Hong Kong’s confined streets, this has many benefits: it makes you much more visible to drivers, gives you some space on your left when vehicles come too close, and ensures that drivers think before they overtake you rather than believing they can “just squeeze past” when you are nearer the kerb.

I saw this post on the fantastic bikeyface blog today and thought it was very appropriate:

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Whenever a person first discovers I bike, they reply with a story. And it’s always the same story.

“I was driving down [insert any road name] when all of the sudden I saw a cyclist in the MIDDLE OF THE ROAD!”  Inevitably it always ends with them saying they “just tapped on their horn” or “squeezed by” or “yelled out to the cyclist.” 

And many many times I’ve been the cyclist in one of these stories – the one sharing the road with a driver that isn’t aware of the basic road rules regarding bikes.

What’s worse is that sometimes reasonable people panic at the sight of a bicycle in the lane… and then all that reason flies out the window.

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So I wanted to explain it to those who have never biked in the city:

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And there’s more. Bikes are small, but they still need space. Cars should give cyclists the same amount of space when passing as another vehicle, at least 3 ft. However, not all roads allow for that, particularly in Boston:

Middle of the Road

So don’t panic when you see a bike in your lane. Just treat it like another vehicle. If you can pass safely, that’s fine. If not, most likely you won’t be slowed down much if at all. In the city, I find that car traffic slows me down much more than the other way around.

The Myth of the Open Road

October 12th, 2012 | Posted by Nick Andrew in general cycling | motorists | transport - (0 Comments)

There’s a great new post on the Bikeyface blog, copied here for your enjoyment:

I bike pretty much everywhere in the city these days. But I also have a driver’s license and 16 years of driving experience. And occasionally I still drive. Like the other day I ended up driving across town to run an errand. Now, if you live anywhere near a city, you know that the driving experience is not exactly as advertised:

Myth of the Open Road

It’s a little bit more like this:

Myth of the Open Road

Which is not a good advertisement for cars. But this is exactly what I found myself driving in.

After my errand, I decided I wanted to stay out. I was hungry and there are great restaurants downtown. And some shops too. (I know, because I discovered them all by bike.) But in a car, I realized that I couldn’tcasually go to any of them. I was trapped…

Myth of the Open Road

…and had to pass them by. It was like I was carrying the weight of the car rather than it carrying me. And I was tired. So I went straight home instead. Cars are useful, but driving in a city is kind of like trying to thread a needle while wearing a boxing glove.

Are cyclists killing themselves..?

September 24th, 2012 | Posted by Nick Andrew in advocacy | bike safety | cycle tracks | law - (1 Comments)

Are cyclists killing themselves on the roads, or is it time for the Hong Kong Government and the police to realise that the majority of cyclists killed each year are cycling on the roads, and are killed by vehicles.

The Hong Kong Police are about to start one of their biannual safe cycling campaigns, giving the police a chance to tell cyclists how to behave whilst letting drivers of vehicles who are the real dangers on the roads for cyclists, continue to put cyclists lives at risk.

Does anyone really believe that cyclists need telling how to behave around drivers?

Anyone who cycles on the roads here already knows the rules and how to ride safely without needing the police to tell them how to do it. The best way to bring down the numbers of cyclists killed in Hong Kong each year is to start proper driver education, showing drivers how to behave around cyclists.

Here is the press release:

Safe cycling campaign to launch in Hong Kong

Police will hold a citywide safe cycling campaign from September 19 to 25, taking stringent enforcement action on cyclists disobeying road rules.

Between January and August, there were 1,639 traffic accidents involving bicycles, resulting in 1,540 cyclist casualties. The figures are up 11% and 10% on last year. Six cyclists died in traffic accidents in the first eight months of this year, a decrease of four when compared with the same period last year.

Common cycling offences include carrying another person, carrying an animal or article which obstructs the cyclist’s view, riding a bicycle on the footpath, and riding without illuminated lights.