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Bike Parking

Bike parking opportunities in Hong Kong are almost always there, but are sometimes not the most convenient. This is partly related to the multiple government departments involved, and also lack of official bike parking spaces available.

We advocate a common sense approach to Bike Parking in general; if there is official bike parking places available you should use them, but if the only available space is a nearby railing/barrier/object that does not obstruct passers-by, then that is also a suitable option.

There are also legal aspects of bike parking in Hong Kong.

Although there is no legal requirement to install Bike parking in most private developments in Hong Kong, with increased use of environmental rating systems such as BREEAM and LEED for new developments, this could change in the future. The Planning department currently requires residential developments which have direct access to cycle tracks to include 1 bike parking space for every 15 flats within a 2km radius of a railway station, and 1 space for every 30 flats outside a 2km radius of a station.

The MTR has a responsibility to install bike parking at its stations in the new territories at a rate of 30 bicycle parking spaces per 10 000 residents within 2km of the station.

The capacity of bike parking facilities in Hong Kong is inadequate in almost every location, we call on the Hong Kong Government to review bike parking facilities around Hong Kong and implement a coordinated plan of action to install these required public facilities in all the desired locations, and to the extext demanded by the public.

Bike parking has received some media attention in 2011 following the removal of some bikes in Sha Tin after only 24 hours notice (or even no notice at all!). More information can be found at the ‘who stole my bike’ facebook page

9 Responses

  • Nelson says:

    Can a bicycle park on a motorcycle parking lot? There are a lot of space under the flyover and highway bridge, Some garden or concrete obstacle were build to stop those homeless people from sleepign in that area. I can see some has been used for motorcycle parking, but what about bicycle parking especially in the urban area? Our flat are too small to keep a bike. I work in TsimShaTsui and I live at Mongkok and threfore I cycle to work as it is quickier and environment friendly. I always wanted to cycle to Tsuen Wan and then from that point onward, cycle to Yuen Long or ShaiShui but there is lack of a safe way for me to do so at least to Tsuen Wan.

  • Nick Andrew says:

    It is difficult to give an exact answer on bicycle parking in locations other than dedicated bike parking locations, as it will often depend on who owns and manages the land, but in general, if you are in public areas, there are no notices that say you are not allowed, and you are not obstructing anyone, then you should be allowed to park your bike there

  • Ben Liong says:

    The real problem about parking isn’t that there’s no place to do so, it’s that there’s not a lot of places that you can feel safe parking your bike for more than a few hours. I really wouldn’t mind paying if there’s a parking space for bicycle.

  • Mike says:

    Dear All

    I would like to post a question.

    I have everywhere that it is illegal to park your bike at the railings on the street or in my case at the gaurdrail to the approach to the ferry on Lamma Island.

    This is a public wide path and the bike causes no obstruction, so is it clearly stated in the Hong Kong law that this is illegal.

    The Islands District Office have stated this is illegal however as yet have not shown any documentation to prove this to be the case.

    I would appreciate if anyone out there could advise

    rgds

    m

    • Nick Andrew says:

      Hello Mike,

      As you say, bike parking is permitted so long as there is no obstruction, however the interpretation of the word obstruction by government departments has been quite loose in the past, and has been used as an excuse for removing bicycles from locations that were causing no obstruction. Often only 24 hours notice is given to the bike owners, after which the bikes are removed and sold by the government in large batches. The legality of the government definition of ‘obstruction’ has never been challenged in court, though some of our members have previously pushed the departments for answers, we have never been satisfied with the results. There is a facebook page that discusses the battle they had after their bikes were removed with only 24 hours notice: https://www.facebook.com/whostolemybikehk. If you would like to take this further, you can contact us directly and we will offer all the help and backup we can, or in case you are not aware, there is the living lamma campaign on this subject at: http://www.livinglamma.com/projects/cycle-park.

      Nick.

  • Michael Law says:

    Stealing of bike is serious in Hong Kong. To encourage use of bike, this problem must be solved first. Would you push MTR to install CCTV in its bike parks as a means to deter stealing of bikes. The video captured can be published in realtime onto the Internet.

  • Tommy L says:

    The key problem is that the government is relying on officials who themselves do not partake the activities (or worse, do not even understand the activities) they are governing to perform the administration work. That’s why we keep seeing bike lanes that do not connect, soccer pitches that are so small and out of proportion (but have warmup areas on both side that can fit a row of empty cargo containers), basketball courts built under a flyover and sandwiched between two throughways, once healthy old trees rotting and falling over after being cared for by “specialists”, etc etc…….

    I mean: “bicycles is not a form of transport ….”???? The person who made this statement probably hasn’t rode a bike since high school many decades ago. But my friends and I have been riding bikes to places (playgrounds when we were kids, schools later, and offices now). If that’s not a mode of transport then nothing else is! Of coz, many senior government officials are provided with cushy, air-conditioned and chauffeured government “transport” carrying AM-plates. So perhaps we have been talking from totally different perspectives. Forgive my insensitivity towards our esteemed city administrators……

    I’ll second to Ben Liong above that I’m willing to pay for bicycle parking, hell, I’m even willing to pay for usage of dedicated bike lanes around town if there’s one.

  • ming says:

    hi, i just relocated to HK for work and will rent a house in Park island.
    Not many information about cycling when i google it, then found your page – on promoting cycling.

    Wanted to know is road cycling allow in HK, if it allow is os possible to cycling from Park Island to Tsing Yi MRT instead of taking the N330 shuttle bus.

    • wheeliefine says:

      Ming
      Hi, welcome to HK.
      Road riding is generally fine. Only the designated Expressways are inherently closed to cycling – BUT many bridges and other vital bits of connective infrastructure are currently slapped with a ‘no cycling’ sign, which has legal force. (It’s put there by a decision of the Transport Dept, rather than under a law. A seemingly small difference, but it means we can lobby for signs to be removed without having to change the legislation)
      Sadly for you, Tsing Ma Bridge and Kap Shui Mun Bridge both have such restrictions.
      But you can look forward to much good cycling in HK, with many people riding, although amid some public/motorist/official attitudes that still need a little updating.



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