Lawmakers must commit to investing in cycling infrastructure projects instead of just “paying lip service” to eco-friendly policies, a campaign group has warned.
Upgrades to the city’s roads, which could cost as little as HK$100,000 on parts of Hong Kong Island, are vital in reversing the city’s growing air pollution problem, according to the non-governmental organisation Hong Kong Clean Air Network.
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Reiterating its support for better cycling provisions in Hong Kong, group spokeswoman Winnie Tse Wing-lam said she remained unconvinced by the government’s commitment to promote cycling as a green transport.
She said current and past cycling schemes had mistakenly been confined to towns in the New Territories, because the government still did not consider it a regular form of commuting.
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“Cycling is one of the key policies the government can promote to tackle and alleviate climate change,” she said. “The government still has plenty of room to improve in this regard. They should not just pay lip service to these ideas. There is no detailed policy framework to support cycling.”