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April 9th, 2008:

Sunday’s Mass Cycle Ride

Updated on Apr 09, 2008 – SCMP

Sunday’s mass cycle ride in support of a bike path along the waterfront was attended not only by experienced cyclists, who may be used to busy urban traffic, but also students and children who clearly would not have been comfortable on the roads without the safety of a group around them (“Campaigners get on their bikes for cycle-path protest”, April 7).

With a cycle route along the waterfront, leisure cyclists, commuters and tourists could all enjoy peace and convenience while getting around. And all of us would benefit from fewer vehicle emissions, reduced congestion and less noise pollution.

The government refuses to accept or support cycling as anything other than a minor leisure activity, when with a little imagination and co-ordination, poorly used land alongside the harbour could be turned into a cycle path cum footpath, making Hong Kong a truly world-class city, with cycling as a viable and pleasant transport option in the heart of our metropolis.

Sweden: City of Stockholm Approves Food Waste Disposal Installation

In September 2008, after completing a comprehensive study on the impacts and benefits of food waste disposals, the Stockholm Water Board voted to allow the installation of disposals in all areas of their jurisdiction without prior approval, and also eliminated previously required surcharges. This action was endorsed in April 2008 by the Swedish Green Party, which argued that the aggressive use of food waste disposers is consistent with the national strategy to divert 35% of household food waste from incineration to biological recycling by 2010. Stockholm currently sells biogas to produce energy, and has excess digester capacity at its wastewater treatment plants to increase the amount of biogas the plants capture. A link to the English version of the document is attached.

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