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Hong Kong - Cycling

Although residents of Hong Kong do cycle, it is generally not considered a viable form of transportation in Hong Kong. Roadways are congested and busy and there are not many concessions that are made for bicyclists. Cycling tends to be more popular in the outlying islands and the New Territories than it does on Hong Kong Island and urban Kowloon. In the New Territories, there are several bike paths. A popular route exists along the Tolo Harbor, too. Cycle paths are currently being expanded in the New Territories. There are also bike paths in some of the satellite towns of Kowloon such as Cheung Kwan O.

In Hong Kong, a bicycle is classified as a “vehicle.” Still, it is illegal to ride one more than 1.5 meters away from the curb. There are not any bike paths on the main roads. Other rules regarding cycling in Hong Kong include: Do not carry passengers; don’t carry any goods or animals which may obstruct your vision or upset your balance; don’t ride on an "Expressway" or within a "Tunnel Area"; don’t ride on the footway; don’t use earphones or a mobile phone; and don’t ride in the opposite direction of a one-way street. Children under the age of 11 can’t ride a bike on the road unless an adult is with them.

Cyclists must use a white light in the front of their bikes and a red light in the back when it is dark outside. In addition, cyclists must ride single file unless they are overtaking someone. When crossing a pedestrian crossing, the cyclist must walk the bicycle.

The Hong Kong Cycling Alliance is a non-profit organization that is currently working to make Hong Kong a more cycle-friendly city. It works with cyclists and groups in order to campaign for more safety measures and a conscientious infrastructure. The group is working to make changes in policies, laws, regulations, and practices that affect the cycling community in Hong Kong, both on the roads and on public transportation.

Hong Kong Cycling Alliance

Currently, the MTR allows bicycles on all of its lines. The Star Ferry Route allows the free carriage of bicycles.

There are many bike shops throughout Hong Kong. Some of these permit you to rent bicycles for either a whole day or just a couple of hours. The costs vary but are generally around HK$40 for an afternoon. They might be less in some locations.

When riding a bike in a country park, you must have a permit and comply with the safety requirements. These include always wearing a helmet, wearing a colorful jersey with reflective shoes, riding a sturdily built bike, having effective brakes, and having a bike with a bell or horn. The bicycle’s tires must be at least 4.5 cm (1.75 inches) wide. Mountain bikes are preferable in this kind of terrain on Hong Kong.

For more information on cycling in Hong Kong, including regulations and safety tips, visit the Transport Department’s Cycling Information Centre.

Cycling Information Centre
Email: enquiries@lcsd.gov.hk

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