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I love to dream…

January 27th, 2012 | Posted by Nick Andrew in transport - (0 Comments)

Working in the Hopewell Centre in Wanchai, I have to make my way up and down Spring Garden lane every day, along with the many other pedestrians who are winding their way amongst the cars and vans that also use that small lane, and I’ve often thought that there must be a better way.. why do several hundred people have to be pushed to the side of the road so that maybe ten people in cars can get through…?

How much trouble does it really cause if the lane was closed to motorised traffic at least during rush hours so that the people who live and work in wanchai can actually use the space in a much more productive manner than as it is mostly used now.. a temporary car park and exhaust fume collection space that is dangerous for pedestrians.

I was reminded of this dream when I can across this document about designing walkable urban thoroughfares, just released by a new urbanists group (CNU). One day the Hong Kong government have to move forward in their thinking and realise that motorised traffic is not helpful to creating safe spaces and communities for people to enjoy… I hope and dream that it’s sooner rather than later.

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Do you like the title of the post..?.. I’ve never heard the subject described that way before, but I think it’s a great way to summarize how cyclists feel about arrogant or aggressive drivers. The quote comes from the comment section of the ipayroadtax.com link below, so thanks go to Jack Thurston of The Bike Show podcast.

Don’t forget that here in Hong Kong all of the tax revenue is paid into one big amount, the same way as the UK, and it is then spent where the government decides, so there is no road tax here in Hong Kong also, there is only a vehicle registration and license, and don’t let drivers try to tell you otherwise.

There’s  also a great post and discussion on the subject of  licensing or registering bicycles at ipayroadtax.com. it’s a lot of words, but it’s worth reading.

 

 

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A new report from the Hong Kong Construction Association, working with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Hong Kong, called ‘Visionary Transport Infrastructure Study 2030′, proposes that Hong Kong should become “A City with a Green and Efficient Transport Infrastructure”.

A key element is a policy to promote cycling, along with walking, as transport modes, including:

– proper integrated consideration of cycling in transport planning

– a target modal split for cycling (and one for walking)

– linking districts along the northern shore of Hong Kong Island (this is mentioned under walking but highlights the value of connectivity)

– improved connectivity and management of cycle tracks in new towns

– improved planning, provision and management of cycle parking,

– enhancing education and awareness about cycling

– public cycle hire schemes

 

See the report here:
http://www.hkca.com.hk/front/vitran2030.pdf

 

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How Bikes Can Save Us

December 27th, 2011 | Posted by Nick Andrew in cycle tracks | transport | transport - (1 Comments)

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What do you think of the new Transport Department information for cyclists?  Share your comments here!

Cycling Information Centre (English)

Cycling Information Centre (Chinese)

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The Star Ferry’s proposed $20 bike charge is wrong in so many ways: unfair, environmentally regressive, and not even good business.

If you agree, here is a pre-written letter to send to Star Ferry telling them what we think of paying seven times as much as everyone else.

Make your voice heard!: http://hkcyclingalliance.org/starferry

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