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2013.04.13   No cycling at Central promenade


The Editor
South China Morning Post

Dear Editor,

I refer to the letter from David Rabinowitz on the South China Morning Post of 3 April 2013 questioning why cycling activities are not allowed at the new Central waterfront promenade (the promenade).

The promenade is a temporary development to enable the public to enjoy the harbour closely before the completion of the comprehensive development of the entire new Central Harbourfront. It mainly serves as a pedestrian walkway connecting people from the Central Piers No. 9 and No. 10 in the west to the Tamar Park and Admiralty area in the east. The site is of linear configuration and with stepping topography, and the footpaths provided are not wide enough for cycling or skateboarding activities to be conducted there safely. To allow these activities may cause nuisance or potential danger to other pedestrians especially the elderly and children, and are therefore currently not allowed in the promenade. However, we do exercise flexibility and allow small kids riding on tricycles to pass through the promenade as long as no nuisance is caused to others. We will also explore the possibility of providing a designated cycling path in the future development of the new Central Harbourfront.

We have reminded our staff to explain more clearly to visitors the site constraints of the promenade and the reasons why it is currently not suitable for cycling or skateboarding activities.

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

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