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.
This Sunday (19th February) HKCAll will support the march calling for the Government to halt the ‘Ad Hoc Quota Trial Scheme for Cross Boundary Private Cars’, which will bring more cars on to our road network, when what is needed is a thorough review of the way we use our urban space and a shift towards individual mobility – on foot and by bike. Why should 80-90% of the width between buildings be dedicated to motor vehicles, while pedestrians are squeezed into rat-alley pavements and cyclists are despised?
Hope you can join us at 3pm, outside Sogo / Great George Street in Causeway Bay. If you bring your bike, we’ll walk with the group as far as Wanchai, and then ride through Central to meet them at Tamar, to deliver our message to the government.
The march/ride is organised by Land Justice League and supported by many other groups, including Clean Air Network and Designing Hong Kong. Over the weekend, others, including Civic Party, the Democratic Party, the League of Social Democrats and the Liberal Party are taking action against this impending scheme, and highlighting the lack of sustainable urban planning, and the secretive and high-handed way it has been foisted on us.
See you on Sunday!
On Sunday, a Public Forum was held to discuss the latest revisions and updates to the planned Tseung Kwan O – Lam Tin Tunnel and Cross Bay Link. In development for at least 20 years, according to one outspoken attendee, the plan is meant to enhance road transport networks and connectivity in the area, with the added benefit of providing a cycle track loop of around 1km – completely isolated from road and pedestrian traffic – with great views, crossing an “infinity bridge” spanning Junk Bay.
At least one TKO resident spoke out on the urgent need for the cycle track to connect the various housing developments, requesting that it be implemented “as soon as possible,” and there seemed to be general agreement from all sides – including presenting parties from CEDD, Aecom, and Arup – that a continuous, interconnected cycle track was a pressing need. Specifically, WM Wong, Chief Engineer for CEDD, promised a cycle track connecting Lohas Park to Tseung Kwan O South in the next 1-2 years, at the very least, and remarked that commuting purposes were being given careful consideration. The crossbay link will of course take a long time to build – up to ten years – but in the meantime, we are told, cycle tracks will be built and put into use to connect estates in the area.
Project 項目工程 : http://www.tko-ltt.hk/
If you live in TKO or are interested in this project and would like to keep in touch with other cyclists to monitor progress, drop a line to email@example.com.
[Thanks to Brandon Kirk for this report]
This map shows the spots of cyclists’ death in Hong Kong in 2011. There are 20 deaths in 2011.
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.