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2012.11.30   Letter to SCMP on cycling activities not allowed at the newly open promenade in the Central Harbourfront


South China Morning Post
The Editor

Dear Editor,

I refer to the letter from Susan Evans on the South China Morning Post of 27 November 2012 questioning why cycling activities are not allowed at the newly open promenade in the Central Harbourfront.

This section of the newly completed promenade has just been handed over to the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) for management. It mainly serves as a passageway on the waterfront connecting people from the Central Piers No. 9 and No. 10 in the west to the Tamar Park and Admiralty area in the east. Given the site’s linear configuration and stepping topography, footpaths with varying widths from 1.5m to 6m and viewing platforms at different levels are provided in the promenade.

The promenade is managed as a temporary development to enable the public to enjoy the harbour as soon as possible before the completion of the comprehensive development of the entire new Central Harbourfront in the longer run. Given the size and topographic constraints of the footpath, designated cycling lanes cannot be provided at the moment. To avoid causing nuisance and potential danger to other users, especially the elderly and children, cycling activities are currently not allowed in the promenade. We will explore the possibility of providing a cycling path in the location when the comprehensive development is considered in the longer term.

Mr Richard Wong
Chief Leisure Manager (Hong Kong West)
Leisure and Cultural Services Department

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