Cycling in Hong Kong

Hong Kong isn’t known as a cycling city – for transport or for leisure. But if you take a closer look, you’ll eventually find them.

Beating traffic with his beat up bike

Hong Kong Island and Kowloon

Delivering packages to a shop.

'Australian Dairy Co' - it isn't actually Australian at all!

Gas bottles.

Shell Gas bikes with front and rear racks for gas bottles

Crossing Nathan Road in Kowloon.

KMB bus TP6612 on route 238X along Nathan Road

Or Hennessy Road in Wan Chai.

Delivery goods by bike on the streets of Hong Kong

Dodging trams on Des Voeux Road Central.

First Bus #4028 on route 25 crosses Des Voeux Road Central

Or even riding along the tracks.

Man on a homebrew cargo bike rides on the tram tracks, with a 'Safety First' tram behind!

New Territories

I wasn’t until I visited the New Territories to find people cycling for fun.

Looking over Tolo Harbour towards Ma On Shan New Town

Bike paths run beside the water.

Apartment blocks tower over the Ma On Shan Promenade

And bike paths connect tower blocks.

A long way down

I found people cycling to shopping centres.

Mix of bikes parked outside the Tai Po Hui Market

MTR stations.

Rows of bikes parked at the bus interchange

And occasionally taking their bike on the train.

Passengers with bikes depart the train at Kowloon Tong station

Cycling being so popular that ‘no bike parking’ signs had been installed, along with plastic screens to prevent people from locking their bikes to the fence.

'Illegally parked bicycles will be removed' sign at the Tai Wai station bus interchange

The New Territories was the only place where I saw bike shops.

Bike shop on the edge of central Tai Po

Folding bikes appear popular for recreational cyclists.

Folding bikes chained up to a roadside fence

But some shops cater to more serious cyclists.

Bike shop in an industrial area in Tung Lo Wan

But the only place I saw a ‘serious’ road cyclist was in the hills climbing out of Repulse Bay.

Cyclist on the hilly road to Repulse Bay

Outlying Islands

A cycling utopia – that is what the outlying islands of Hong Kong are, thanks to their narrow streets and lack of cars.

Main street of Cheung Chau: bikes are the main mode of transport

There were shops hiring bikes to tourists.

Bikes for hire or sale on Cheung Chau

And the occasional cargo trike.

Tricycle among the bikes at Peng Chau ferry pier

As soon as you stepped off the ferry, bikes were everywhere.

Bikes parked on the ferry pier

But the bike parking areas were something else.

Bikes parked everywhere at the Yung Shue Wan ferry pier

Bikes parked everywhere.

Bikes parked everywhere at the Yung Shue Wan ferry pier

There is a 24 hours time limit for bike parking.

'Bikes may not be parked longer than 24 hours' notice at Yung Shue Wan ferry pier

With the government reserving the right to close the parking area with 14 days notice, so that abandoned bikes can be removed.

'Cycle parking may be suspended, and any remaining bikes removed' notice at Yung Shue Wan ferry pier

And I found one such clearance operation underway.

'Clearance of illegally parked / abandoned bicycles' notice at Yung Shue Wan ferry pier

And the bike share plague

The bike share industry entered Hong Kong in December 2017.

Ofo and Gobee bikes parked on the street

With green ‘Gobee’ and yellow ‘ofo’ bikes soon appearing across the city.

Ofo bike awaiting hire on Argyle Street, Mong Kok

I found the bulk of the bikes dumped in the New Territories.

Dozens of share bikes dumped at a bike park in Tung Chung

Beside the road.

Another dumped ofo bike in the bushes outside the Tsz Shan Monastery

Down dirt paths.

Dumped ofo bike in the bushes outside the Tsz Shan Monastery

In the bushes.

Another dumped ofo bike in the bushes outside the Tsz Shan Monastery

Slowly getting covered in weeds.

Dumped ofo bike in the bushes outside the Tsz Shan Monastery

Nowhere near as creative as the dumped oBikes in Melbourne, Australia but just as messy.

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1 Response to Cycling in Hong Kong

  1. Andrew says:

    So many things right in HK, but so sad how it has blown up to be dysfunctional. The loss of foreign tourism income must be immense. I suppose the mainland will transfer some money to prop up HK.

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