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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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Hong Kong’s Air Quality Objectives (AQOs) have not been revised in 24 years and exceed the standards recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) by two to four times. This is a serious threat to public health. The Government’s repeated promises to revise the AQOs are belied by its continuing failure to act – for three years, so far.

Clean Air Network (CAN) and Friends of the Earth (HK) are hosting a sign-up petition urging the Government to act now.  All signatures will appear in a full-page spread in a major newspaper and will be compiled and presented to the Environmental Protection Bureau. Many medical, environmental, business, sports and community groups, including HKCAll, are joining to express their concern at our dreadful air pollution.

The petition calls on the government to:

1)      update the Air Quality Objectives, in order to better protect public health;

2)      include fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in its official air quality monitoring;

3)      set up additional protocols to ensure regular review of air quality policy.

Read the Chinese / English official letter, and then, we suggest, sign up at the CAN website or “like” their Facebook page

 

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Looking forward to the Hong Kong Public Space Initiative forum coming on the 7th January 2012… it will be a great place to air our views on allowing more access to the harbourfront for cyclists to influential people.

The forum is being conducted in Cantonese, however they are providing simultaneous written interpretation (similar to a subtitle service) through providing each English speaker an electronic device (e.g. iPad/Laptop) connected to our translator’s computer by wifi, then the translator will type the main points raised by speakers to the messenger in real time.

more information here:

Official Event Page (with Registration Form)

Facebook Event Page

If you are interested in joining us there, comment below or send us an email.

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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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Own the lane

December 21st, 2011 | Posted by wheeliefine in law - (0 Comments)

In my court case about cyclists’ right to use the lane like any other road user (occupying it, in the centre, when it would be dangerous for other vehicles to overtake), the prosecution has collapsed (it will ‘offer no evidence’) even before tomorrow’s hearing starts.

While this means we ‘win’ the case, it robs us of the chance to show publicly that the Road Users’ Code is out of line with modern thinking on this issue. And we had a very solid case. But at least now if anyone else is similarly charged, there is a legal defence ready to roll. Seriously – make a mental note and tell them to drop us a line, here at info@hkcyclingalliance.org

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HKCAll update on Star Ferry $20 bike fare

December 15th, 2011 | Posted by Nick Andrew in SCMP - (0 Comments)

Hong Kong Cycling Alliance are in consultation with the Star Ferry, Legco Members, as well as the media to promote our view that this fare is disproportionate, unfair and goes against the promotion of environmentally friendly policies.

As a part of the campaign, we met with the South China Morning Post  and they have printed an article about the star ferry $20 bike fare a few days ago.


Star Ferry plans HK$20 bike fee Charge on Wan Chai-Tsim Sha Tsui route angers cyclists, who say it goes against ‘green’ policies
Ada Lee, Dec 12, 2011

Cyclists Martin Turner and Nick Andrew rolled their bicycles onto the lower deck of a Star ferry at Wan Chai, after paying the foot-passenger fare of HK$2.50 each. They parked them to one side and sat down on a bench.
“It’s nice to enjoy the harbour,” said Turner, a marketing consultant who commutes on his bike and takes it onto a ferry several times a week.

But that will soon change. Star Ferry plans to charge passengers HK$20 for each bike they bring on board the Wan Chai-Tsim Sha Tsui route – the only cross-harbour route that carries bicycles.

The proposed rise from nothing to HK$20 has angered cyclists, who say it goes against the company’s vision of being environmentally friendly, and the government policy of promoting “green” traffic.

The new charge is part of Star Ferry’s plans to raise fares on routes connecting Tsim Sha Tsui with Wan Chai and Central.
In less than a week, the Hong Kong Cycling Alliance, which has a core membership of 200, has gathered more than 600 signatures on a letter against the proposed fare rise. The alliance thinks ferries should carry bicycles for free, Turner said, although it would be acceptable if the bike fare was similar to that for foot passengers – as it is on routes operated by other ferry companies that allow bicycles on board.

The ferry is the only way to take a bike across the harbour from Tsim Sha Tsui to Hong Kong Island without using a motor vehicle.
The HK$20 fare would mean two people would pay HK$90, including their bikes, on a round trip across the harbour – and even more after passenger fares go up by 20 to 60 HK cents on that route.

Turner said many cyclists would opt for a taxi instead.

“But we don’t want to make enemies of the ferries. We want to be friends of the ferries. We try very hard to engage with the Star Ferry to share a view of how Hong Kong can have a lively ferry environment again.”

Bikes have been allowed on board for free during non-peak hours on the cross-harbour route since 2003. Each ferry can carry 10 bikes at most. Star Ferry said it was a trial project; it charged HK$13 for each bike on the two Hung Hom routes before they closed in April.

Since the Hung Hom routes were shut down, passengers bringing bicycles to and from Tsim Sha Tsui have increased from several per week to 46 per day on average, Star Ferry said.

In response to South China Morning Post’s inquiries, the Star Ferry said the HK$20 was not enough to cover costs, as extra staff were deployed to “man the lower-deck gangplank to ensure the safety of the cyclists”.

Turner cast a sceptical eye on the six employees on the lower deck, who were either sitting on empty benches or chatting with colleagues. Turner and Andrew were the only passengers with bikes on the ferry.

“There’s no obvious need for an extra person,” he said. “They’re just bikes. They won’t bite.”

Turner said Star Ferry should treat the situation as a chance to create a new transport network. “As bikes use the harbourfront and the ferries to cross the harbour, they are creating a network,” he said. “The ferry companies can benefit from it.

“We should see a future in Hong Kong that is not dependent on carrying people in metal boxes on wheels. There are other ways to live with our harbour.”

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Clean Air Network

Just in from CAN, the Clean Air Network:

A once-in-a-lifetime cycling experience at Stonecutters Island!

Raise your hand if you are a cycling amateur! Don’t miss this rare opportunity to cycle in the urban oasis of Stonecutters Island. Sponsored by Shamshuipo District Council, CAN, for the first time, has organized a cycling day to promote the use of zero-emission vehicles. The event is free of charge and open to all participants over the age of 15. Participate by submitting an application form.  Spaces are limited – first come, first served! Click here for further details.

Date: SUNDAY,  8TH JANUARY 2012
Time: 9am-12pm
Eligibility: Age 15 or above
Application Deadline: Wednesday, 28th December 2011
Fee: Free of charge (bikes will be provided)

— content in Chinese —

 

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This is a great opportunity to get together with like-minded people who want to make Hong Kong’s harbourfront areas public and accessible to everyone!

The “Vision for Waterfront Promenades in Victoria Harbour” public seminar is being held in Cantonese, but they are hoping to get simultaneous translations into english.

From HKPSI:

Founded by a group of young people, the Hong Kong Public Space Initiative (“HKPSI”) is a charitable organization (IRD File No. 91/11733) that aims to bring the knowledge of public space into the public sphere through promotion and education.

Believing you might be interested, we are cordially inviting your members to attend our very first public seminar titled “Vision for Waterfront Promenades in Victoria Harbour”, of which Mrs. Carrie Lam (林鄭月娥女士), Secretary for Development, is going to deliver a speech, followed by a panel discussion comprising professionals from different fields: Mrs. Winnie Kang (姜梁詠怡女士) Principal Assistant Secretary (Harbour), Development Bureau Prof. Mee Kam Ng (伍美琴教授) Professor, Department of Geog. & Resource Mgt., CUHK Prof. Patrick Lau (劉秀成教授) Legislative Councilor Ms. Christine Loh (陸恭蕙女士) Chairperson, Society for Protection of the Harbour Ir. Albert Lai (黎廣德先生) Director & Ex-Chairman, Conservancy Association Mr. Wong Ho Yin (王浩賢先生) Committee Member, Land Justice League.

This promises to be both an excellent learning opportunity and a golden chance for the public to raise out opinions and vision for the promenades.

For more information, please visit:-

Official Event Page (with Registration Form)

Facebook Event Page

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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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