Yuen Long Bike Map
We are delighted to present to you our new exciting project — “The Bike Map Hong Kong” — which seek to map all the suitable cycling routes around Hong Kong, which will be the first one of its kind when completed. We envisage that this is a vital step in enhancing use of cycling in daily activities other than recreation; and a tool for further advocacy. But first, we need your help — we need enthusiastic cyclists like you to tell us whether we have got the local information right, or to suggest local cycling tips that outsiders would only learn in a hard lesson.
We will carry out this project on a district-by-district basis. Yuen Long is the first district for the pilot trial of this project. It is primarily because of the heavy use of bicycles in the district, but very few cycling facilities has been planned for it, such as the absence of cycle track to the south of Yuen Long town centre, and has drawn relatively less attention compared to Sha Tin and Tai Po.
Please feel free to provide your comment and suggestions. We are planning to have a site visit with all you Yuen Long folks one day below our official launch. It is useful to check out sites where you think would be important to be included in the Bike Map.
About the Bike Map Hong Kong
The purpose of the Bike Map is to form a database of useful cycling routes (in addition to cycle tracks) in Hong Kong, which can be used by members of the public to navigate around an area which they are not familiar with on bikes.
- Bike Routes – the best routes between major destinations (not on every single road); also classified into existing bike tracks, other on-road routes (as explained below);
- Bike shops – whether they sell / repair / rent bikes;
- Bike parking
- Major attractions – such as residential area, MTR stations, tourist spots, shopping centre, etc.
- Major barriers – locations where bike routes are broken or obstructed.
Bike routes are classified according to traffic conditions. They are meant to be approximate and suggestive rather than definite and prescriptive; Bike routes are classified into:
(1) “Busy on-road” – where traffic volume is relatively high, speed can be lower though, but with few road space for cycling, requiring the most alert and skill;
(2) “Moderate on-road” – where traffic volume is relatively lower, but vehicular speed can be higher, requiring high attention when cycling;
(3) “Official cycle track” – those appear on TD’s bike track map;
(4) “Proposed routes” – these are routes that are envisaged to be highly desirable to avoid detouring between destinations, they require advocacy to realize.