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Hong Kong, and it’s 1940’s attitude to cyclists

March 2nd, 2012 | Posted by Nick Andrew in bike safety - (0 Comments)

This is a true bicycle safety manual from 1940, which is interesting in itself, but what’s even more amazing is that the attitude of the Hong Kong Government to cyclists is exactly as described in this out-of-date booklet.

Why do they think that it is OK to always blame the cyclist for the collision, and to just accept that any injuries were their fault…?

“A Ride of Death”, 1940s Retronaut.

The secret to life…

March 1st, 2012 | Posted by Nick Andrew in fun | general cycling - (0 Comments)

from the Bikeyface blog

Amen! … – This Big City + 城事

February 28th, 2012 | Posted by Nick Andrew in advocacy | transport | transport - (0 Comments)

Got to love the meaning behind this poster…!

A new type of bike light – Magnic Light

February 28th, 2012 | Posted by Nick Andrew in equipment - (0 Comments)
This is a new type of bike light that looks very interesting… bright lights with low energy use…!

“climate does not always deter cyclists”

February 22nd, 2012 | Posted by Nick Andrew in advocacy | transport - (0 Comments)

There’s a interesting short post on the Cityfix blog about what factors encourage people to walk and cycle more, and it turns out that climate and geography have less of an effect than supportive bike culture and bike education.

They go on to say that people are also willing to walk and bike longer than planners generally assume, and that while aesthetics along a route sometimes get more focus from planners, these considerations are actually secondary for everyday users, where distance to key destinations, connections and lack of barriers matter the most for everyday users.

In Hong Kong, we have been pushing the government for a long time to directly support cycling as a mode of transport and to properly educate drivers in particular, so as to promote a better and more healthy bike culture. With the more recent discussions about allowing more mainland cars into Hong Kong, having a thoughtful and coordinated urban plan for Hong Kong that includes pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure considerations is more essential now than ever before.

The IEC boardwalk Cycleway Feasibility study presentation that the HKCAll made to the Harbourfront Commission in January is now available on the Harbourfront Cycleway website in English and Chinese languages.

This presentation includes a few of the many possibilities that the cycleway brings to the long boardwalk, as well as possible issues and brief discussions on structure layouts for the boardwalk deck. It is only 38 pages long, so is well worth spending 5 or 10 minutes reading time.

The audio of the actual presentation to the Harbourfront Commission can be found on their website.

Link the Bike – With Strida

February 20th, 2012 | Posted by Nick Andrew in transport - (0 Comments)

There’s a few updates on the ‘link the bike’ project from the link real estate people… they are offering bikes for free use if you spend a minimum amount in their shopping malls.  They will be available at their Tin Shui Wai, Tseung Kwan O and Stanley Shopping Centres, and with tyre pumps, racks, bike lock and repair kit at no charge, they could be a good alternative for any cyclists looking to get home after a shopping trip.

More information at the stanley plaza website.

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.

Bicycle Parking – an update

January 19th, 2012 | Posted by Nick Andrew in parking - (0 Comments)

There has been a small but growing movement of people who are fed up with the lack of bicycle parking in their buildings and are doing something about it!

We have recently heard from the building management people at Legco, that the Tamar building will almost certainly get some bike parking spaces, which is fantastic news and it’s nice to be reminded that cycling in Hong Kong has support from important and influential people.

We have also heard news that the China Resources Building in Wanchai is in the process of installing up to 57 bike parking spaces and 28 bike shower facilities to enable the building to become LEED (sustainable building) accredited. As more and more governments, developers and businesses around the world understand the value of sustainable buildings, increasing numbers of new buildings will look for this type of accreditation. Installing bike parking can help attain the required number of points to attain that accreditation.

Link developments (owners of several shopping malls and car parks, mostly in the new territories) have announced that they want to install bike parking and showers in some of their properties, so that they can attract cycling customers. This is a new approach in Hong Kong, though it has been realised in other places around the world, once businesses understand that people on bikes are customers that are worth attracting.

The cycle.hopewell facebook page has been quiet for a few months, however I expect to be writing a letter again soon to keep the discussion going as we now have two options for the bike parking locations, both within the Hopewell Centre building and some possible locations within Wu Chung House next door.

We have also recently heard from one of the occupants in the ICC building about the difficulties of cycling to work there, and the absolute lack of bicycle parking, including the approach roads often not allowing bicycles.

 

If you are interested in helping out with or starting your own campaign for bike parking in your building, let us know. We can give support, materials, and publicity as necessary.

You own a car, not the road.

January 18th, 2012 | Posted by Nick Andrew in transport | Transport Department - (1 Comments)

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.