THE government will test new measures to make Hong Kong more walkable and turn
stepping out into an integral part of city life. The Transport and Housing Bureau (運輸及房屋局) told The Standard the government will launch a series of new measures to achieve these goals.
It will pick two areas for a pilot study to test innovative measures for a comfortable walking environment, and explore proposals to relax requirements for adding covers to public walkways at the end of this year or early next year.
Two other studies will also be made to improve hillside escalator links and lift systems as well as pedestrian connectivity between Sheung Wan (上環) and Wan Chai (灣仔). It will also update the standards of pedestrian environments and facilities.
Experts believe Des Voeux Road Central (德輔道中) could be a pilot area following a community-based movement to make a 1.4-kilometre section of the road into a traffi c-free ‘world-class public space’.
Commercial districts like Tsim Sha Tsui (尖沙咀), Jordan (佐敦) and Mong Kok (旺角) could be the second area. The study could take on more challenging areas such as Nathan Road (彌敦道) and experiment with new elements.
Environment expert William Yu Yuen-ping (余遠騁) and transport expert Paul Zimmerman suggested the government should take the opportunity to rectify the
city’s most notorious problems of chaotic traffi c and unpleasant streets.
(This article is published on Junior Standard on 20 September 2017)
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