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New threat to NT Cycle Track Network 新界單車徑網絡新威脅

January 25th, 2012 | Posted by wheeliefine in advocacy | cycle tracks

The section of the New Territories Cycle Track Network alongside Sai Sha Road (between Sai Kung and Ma On Shan) is now scheduled for completion in 2015 (the timetable has slipped).  It is one of the most anticipated, as this road is a critical link for Sai Kung residents and visitors and – notoriously – is closed to cyclists (from the Tai Mong Tsai roundabout to the restaurants in Nai Chung) on Sundays and public holidays.  (It is narrow too, which in the absence of a culture of road sharing, means it can be less than pleasant to ride.)

But in worrying news, CEDD has apparently decided (or is considering) to delegate construction of a one-kilometre stretch of the cycle track, from Nai Chung to Tai Tung (map), to a developer, Sun Hung Kai, that is building in that area.

What assurances do we have about when this section will open?  And about the track specification?  Why is CEDD not able to retain control?

幾經推遲,政府現計劃於2015年完成沿西沙公路的新界單車網絡(西貢至馬鞍山段)。無疑對於西貢居民或郊遊人士來說,這是最關鍵的一段路,也最值得期待﹔但由大芒仔迴旋處至南涌餐廳的一段,卻以在週日及公眾假期嚴拒單車人士使用而惡名昭著(而且此段路面狹隘,加上沒有共享道路的文化,代表著沿此路騎單車趣味缺缺)。

同時令人擔憂的是,土木工程署已顯然決定(或考慮)將南涌與大洞(地圖)之間一公里的單車徑外判與已在該區域發展中的新鴻基。
試問誰來保證這段路段何時可以開放使用?誰來保證單車徑的建築標準?為甚麼土木工程署總要假手於人、不能保留控制權?

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