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In Legco yesterday, the tourism industry rep, YIU Si Wing (姚思榮) asked Transport and Housing Bureau if it was/would:

(a) extend the cycle track network to former Frontier area;
(b) develop cycle tracks on the harbourfront;
(c) set up a public bicycle hiring system
(d) promote cycling tourism

Responses from Anthony Cheung, the Secretary for Transport and Housing, were, in summary:

a) yes, perhaps;
b) [ignored question];
c) no; and
d) ‘yes’ [but actually only trivially]

The first ‘perhaps’ is worth noting: about cycle tracks going into the former Frontier Closed Area.  All leisure cycle tracks are a plus for Hong Kong, though we need to keep pointing out that they are merely a feature, and certainly not the sum total of cycling here, as TD likes to pretend.  So half a cheer for that ‘perhaps’.

Regarding public bicycle rental systems, the Secretary referred to the TD study that was finally released earlier this year (“Traffic and Transport Consultancy Study on Cycling Networks and Parking Facilities in Existing New Towns in Hong Kong“), which was overly narrow in scope, two years late, trivial in its analysis and negative or inconclusive on the issues it was supposed to study.

Based on that, he rejected any kind of public bicycle rental system (referring to new towns, and ignoring everywhere else), because a) it needs many nodes; b) it requires some load balancing between nodes (moving bikes around to meet need); c) maintenance of bikes; d) existing private rental services “can already meet demand”; e) Hong Kong’s land resources are too limited to provide public rental points.

What a load of tripe!  Firstly, there are also excellent potential locations for a public bike share scheme outside the new towns, such as in Kai Tak Development / CBD2, West Kowloon, along the new NT Cycle Track Network, and of course, along the Harbourfront Cycleway (when we ultimately force it into existence).

His responses a), b) and c) simply cite characteristics of a public bicycle rental system, no different from those handled by the 500+ (and rapidly rising) schemes around the world, especially in mainland China.  Along with response e), he’s peddling the old canard that Hong Kong is so special that the rest of the world can teach us nothing.  And finally, by citing existing rental he is missing the whole value of a network of pick-up and drop-off points. (actually ‘protecting’ the business of a handful of operators, who’d probably anyway benefit from the upsurge in interest, if only they could adapt to it.)

The question about developing cycle tracks along the harbourfront was flatly ignored.  How can a government minister do that?  Didn’t the THB read the question?  Does it think no one will notice?  Or does it simply have no respect for Legco and not care who knows?

All in all, the Secretary’s reply showed that our government still doesn’t ‘get’ cycling, or its obligation to work for us.

More work to do.

See:
Press release, with full text

Blogpost about cycle tracks (‘我們的單車徑’) by Secretary for Development Paul Chan (陳茂波),
22 Sept 2013 (Chinese only)

 

 

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去年(2012)介紹過台北巿鼓勵巿民及遊客使用單車的設施;今年(2013)再往台灣,發現比之前更進步了:也是問香港運房局這一句,台灣可以,為何香港不可以? 看看台灣怎樣好待單車吧!而即使這樣,台灣還未能打入哥本哈根單車友善指數地區的頭二十位呢!加油啊中華民國!香港,是否還要拒絕投入這改善城巿的運動?

自強號列車上為擺放單車而設的車卡

自強號列車上為擺放單車而設的車卡

自強號列車上為擺放單車而設的車卡

自強號列車上為擺放單車而設的車卡 

台北捷運站有清楚表示讓單車由頭或尾車卡進入捷運

台北捷運站有清楚表示讓單車由頭或尾車卡進入捷運

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(上圖)台鐵自強號列車上有一整個車卡是用來擺放單車的;而台北捷運站有清楚表示讓單車由頭或尾車卡進入捷運(當然,人家是不用拆下前輪的!那有在香港要拆卸前輪才能入閘的歪理?!也哪有不拆前輪會被其他單車友拍照放上網受網絡公審的怪現象?!要注意,台北的捷運也不是乘客量少的)

台北巿(西門)的單車和行人共享路面

台北巿(西門)的單車和行人共享路面

行人優先,路權清楚

行人優先,路權清楚

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

台北巿(西門)的單車和行人共享路面,行人優先,路權清楚,互相禮讓,又為何不可以在行人路上踏單車代步?!鼓勵單車代步不一定要劃出完全分隔的3.5米寬「單車徑」的!

 

微笑單車U-bike(公共單車租借系統)

微笑單車U-bike(公共單車租借系統) 

泊單車的位置分佈於路邊各處,十分方便

泊單車的位置分佈於路邊各處,十分方便

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

去年還只有信義區才有的微笑單車U-bike(公共單車租借系統),現在於西門町(相當於香港的旺角區)也可以看到;馬路上也會遇到用微笑單車來代步的巿民,而泊單車的位置分佈於路邊各處,十分方便,而好像看不到有長期佔用泊位的廢車及手推車,看!還有空置泊位呢!

 

頭城(宜蘭縣)的單車行車道

頭城(宜蘭縣)的單車行車道

「鐵馬驛站」為長途單車客提供厠所、食水、工具及充氣等支援

「鐵馬驛站」為長途單車客提供厠所、食水、工具及充氣等支援

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

頭城(宜蘭縣)的單車行車道及由宜蘭市政府辦的「鐵馬驛站」為長途單車客提供厠所、食水、工具及充氣等支援;單車環台看到「鐵馬驛站」能不感動嗎?

 

日月潭的單車徑旁的讓單車推上樓梯的斜道

日月潭的單車徑旁的讓單車推上樓梯的斜道 

日月潭的單車徑已入選為世界十大最美麗單車徑之一

日月潭的單車徑已入選為世界十大最美麗單車徑之一

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(左圖)這是什麼?是位於日月潭的單車徑旁的讓單車推上樓梯的斜道。 你知道日月潭的單車徑已入選為世界十大最美麗單車徑之一嗎?香港單車同盟建議的港島北海濱單車走廊如果成真的話,說不定也可以入選呢! 台灣可以,為何香港不可以?

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高雄巿捷運對帶單車的告示

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

高雄巿捷運對帶單車的告示,大意就是要為他人著想吧。(為人著想不包括要像港鐵般要求拆除前輪呢!)

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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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Whether or not you follow the progress of cycling in London, it is interesting that the city’s new ‘cycling commissioner’,  Andrew Gilligan, is being candid and constructive about where London’s bike environment is, and where it is going.

Of course, he recognises that attention must be paid to both segregated and on-road routes, and particularly he emphasises the need for designs that meet international best practice, criticising several schemes already in progress, which would be already heavenly in Hong Kong terms, in that they were implemented by an administration that believed in the contribution of cycling.  But the low position we start from here is an opportunity, right?

This post from ‘Cyclists in the City’ is recommended.

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方便推單車上落樓梯的斜道(星加坡)bicycle pullway in Singapore

方便推單車上落樓梯的斜道(星加坡)

單車泊位(星加坡)

單車泊位(星加坡)

這個渡假村加設了單車泊位及方便推單車上落樓梯的斜道,是兩年前我到訪此地時未見有的。希望很快在香港也能見到類似單車專用斜道這樣的小設施,雖然星加坡也不算是對單車有完善支援的城巿,但小小一個設施已反映著和香港不一樣的態度。

 

東海岸公園的單車徑(星加坡)

東海岸公園的單車徑(星加坡)

這和馬路差不多一樣寬闊的路不是馬路,是位於東海岸公園的單車徑,攝於東海岸公園海鮮中心對出。希望香港的單車徑都有這個水準。

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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

 

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廣州地鐵站(越秀公園)外的公共單車租賃點

廣州地鐵站(越秀公園)外的公共單車租賃點

 

廣州的公共單車

廣州的公共單車

單車租賃點同時提供收費單車停泊服務

單車租賃點同時提供收費單車停泊服務

廣州巿區的單車行車道(於中山路)

廣州巿區的單車行車道(於中山路)

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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.
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最近在中國大陸的報章也有討論香港的單車政策,我們在此也作出幾點回應。以下是南方都巿報的文章,接著是我的簡單回應。

2012-10-29南方都市報
公共交通發達,何須追求“單車城市”
作者:黎媛(深圳,前駐港記者)
摘要:近日,有港媒報導,近年倫敦、紐約等大城市正致力打造“單車城市”,而踩單車在香港也日趨流行,只是香港市區道路設計並不鼓勵單車行駛,但是,既然倫敦等城市可以做到,香港為什麼要對“單車城市”絕對地說不呢?
發現香港
近日,有港媒報導,近年倫敦、紐約等大城市正致力打造“單車城市”,而踩單車在香港也日趨流行,只是香港市區道路設計並不鼓勵單車行駛,但是,既然倫敦等城市可以做到,香港為什麼要對“單車城市”絕對地說不呢?
單車確是低碳、環保的出行方式,騎單車又能強身健體,但是“有些風你不必跟”。香港完全沒有必要成為所謂的“單車城市”,因為香港的公共交通已較成熟,它的最大亮點就是“無縫接駁”。
……(請按這連結閱讀這文章:http://gcontent.oeeee.com/d/68/d68a18275455ae3e/Blog/b08/06dc06.html)

回應

不錯,香港的公共交通比國內外的許多城市都發達,但是,是否香港的交通已經完美?香港就不需要單車作為交通工具的好處?

現在香港交通的壞處:

1.交通擠塞問題:當然香港的道路有暢通的時間,但是難道香港無交通擠塞問題嗎,這不用說了吧,人們看運輸署的即時道路情況報告是用來做什麼的,豈不是要在出門前留意交通擠塞的情況嗎?

2.交通費用:公共交通不斷加價,遠超過通漲,香港人是肉隨鉆板上,亳無其他交通選擇,貧窮人為省車資,寧願走路大半個小時不上巴士的大有人在。

3.空氣污染:香港的空氣污染主要來自汽車,包括公共交通,不要忘了地鐵用的電力也是燒煤產生的,這也算環保嗎?

4.使用公共交通費時失事:等巴士小巴、排隊、上上落落地面地底….普通的一個半小時車程,可能要加上另外半小時用來等車及上落地鐵等。而且車子不一定由門口直達門口,仍要轉車及走路。

5.公共交通人多擠迫:住在香港迫巴士迫地鐵是注定要受的苦嗎?每天這樣迫車真叫人累,也不利身心健康。

6.即使公共交通發達,香港的汽車還是太多:「按政府的2009交通統計年報 12,2009年全香港的登記和註冊車輛分別有642270和584070架,而其中私人轎車(Private Car)則為429754和 393812架,佔全港車輛67%之多,而公共運輸車輛(巴士、小巴、非專營巴士)則只有19739和19585架,只佔全港車輛約3.3%。所以,換句話說,私人轎車使用者,在市區土地中佔一至兩成的「道路」用地的使用分額,比沒擁有私人轎車的大眾市民,實在高出很多。」(趙智勳,無法使用單車的城市;文化研究@嶺南 第二十三期 2011年3月)

7.為大量汽車建大量道路浪費巿區珍貴土地:「香港佔地1108平方公里,農地、魚塘、林地、灌叢、劣地、水塘、墳場等按常理較少人使用或低度開發的土地佔了735平方公里,市區用地(概括的有住宅、商業、工業、機構/休憩、道路、鐵路、機場用地)則佔了約211平方公里。但是,單就市區用地中「道路」一項,就已經佔了42平方公里,差不多是兩成市區土地,比起「私人住宅」和「公屋」用地的總和(41平方公里)還稍稍多一點。」(趙智勳,無法使用單車的城市;文化研究@嶺南 第二十三期 2011年3月)

8.交通安全問題:小巴的車速高是好事嗎?2011年交通意外死亡人數為130人,絕大部分是由汽車直接引起,可是我們已接受了馬路的危機性,汽車為城巿帶來的危險是我們必須要接受的嗎?為什麼我們的小孩子在街上不可以自由走動,一定要由成人拖著手一刻也不可以放手?

單車卻正好可以解決以上香港的問題:

1.解決交通擠塞問題:有否留意路上的巴士不是所有都滿座的,而只有司機一人的私家車比比皆是。鼓勵使用單車可減少車輛,減少交通擠塞,外國正是用限制汽車及鼓勵單車的方法來解決交通擠塞。

2.節省交通費用:幾個月的交通費已經可以夠買一輛單車。

3.零空氣污染:單車是世上最環保的交通工具,只有踏單車者的二氧化碳排放,電力車及地鐵也要用煤發電,並不算環保。

4.巿區內直接及快速的交通:香港巿區面積小,單車十分方便,短距離比任何的交通工具都要快,因不用等車,不會塞車,而且是點到點直達門口,世上哪有另一種更方便的交通工具!筆者試過踏單車和家人乘的士比賽,家人上了的士之後我踏單車同時起步,10分鐘後我比他們還快回到家門(注意:我是等她們找到了的士,讓她們上了車才一同出發,足足讓了她們幾分鐘)。

5.享受旅程:踏單車是健康及開心的事,有些單車代步者寧願刻意踏長一些距離享受旅程。

6.減少汽車:鼓勵單車,自然可減少公共汽車及私家車。

7.節省珍貴土地:停泊著及在路面行駛的單車比汽車及巴士都佔用更少的人均面積,單單在泊車位上,單車已經可以為巿區省回許多土地。

8.改善交通安全問題:在城巿的街道限制車速,鼓勵巿區用單車,道路安全自會大大提高。

單車為城巿所帶來的好處這麼多,為何香港就必須要忍受倚靠汽車及地鐵的害處,為何獨有香港不需要單車這些好處?香港可能暫時不需要變成倚重單車的城巿,但絕對應該利用單車,配合城巿交通運輸,讓各種交通發揮所長。

現在香港所有長短途乘客都擠迫在同一輛巴士及列車中,全無分流,做成乘客擠迫及交通擠塞,如果城巿中鼓勵用單車,城巿內的中短途旅程絕對可以發揮單車的威力,而中長途可以用單車運載架來結合單車於公共交通如巴士及地鐵中,把短途乘客和長途乘客分流,自然能改善交通。「善用單車的城巿」不是比「無法使用單車的城巿」更好嗎?

space required to transport 60 people

space required to transport 60 people

 

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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.

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