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Island Eastern Corridor Boardwalk Idea

What do you think of the Island Eastern Corridor boardwalk idea?

Updated on Mar 24, 2008 – SCMP

The proposal by Eastern District Council to the Planning Department for a boardwalk under the Island Eastern Corridor is welcome (“Promenade plan to open eastern harbourfront”, March 20).

However, more comprehensive access to our harbour is needed.

Forward-thinking cities such as Sydney enable public access to almost all of their waterfront, whereas in Hong Kong prime sites next to the harbour (such as in North Point or Sheung Wan) are now lying empty or are used for storage or occasional truck maintenance.

We support an exciting proposal to create a cycle path along the whole of the Hong Kong Island waterfront, linking Kennedy Town to Central with existing partial access around the Wan Chai-Causeway Bay area, through below the Island Eastern Corridor, to Quarry Bay Park promenade and on to Shau Kei Wan.

Such a route would serve leisure riders, commuters and tourists.

As well as revealing our hidden jewel, the harbour, it would allow easy and pleasant access to many locations and boost business activity with harbourfront kiosks and bicycle rental.

Also, of course, more cyclists mean lower emissions, less congestion, less noise pollution and improved health.

In support of this proposed path, a mass bike ride will take place on Sunday April 6, starting at Cadogan Street Temporary Garden, Kennedy Town, at 10am. Following the ride, a letter detailing the benefits of the proposal will be delivered to the Planning Department in North Point. Further details from or Facebook “2nd Waterfront Bike Ride”.

On the first ride in November, more than 100 riders showed their support for a harbourfront cycle path. Organisers are hoping for even more this time.

Martin Turner, Hong Kong Cycling Alliance

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