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PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 06 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 06 November, 2007, 12:00am
 

How can Tin Shui Wai be revitalised?

I read about a man in Tin Shui Wai who uses a bicycle to do delivery work.

He earns HK$150 a day, but the lack of cycling paths in the area means he can commit an offence for cycling in the wrong place and get fined. The fine is HK$300, which is two days' wages.

I thought when the government planned for cycling paths in Tin Shui Wai and other new towns, it had in mind that the paths were not for regular commuting, but for leisure. This assumption was clearly wrong.

It is obvious that many Yuen Long and Tin Shui Wai residents use bicycles as a cheap means of transport within these areas. Therefore, it is important that officials provide an environment that is friendly to bicycles.

They should:

Provide connected cycling paths and allow some exemptions to cyclists at locations where the risk to pedestrians and other road users is low; and

Allow exemptions for bicycle parking.

These measures would enable cyclists in these areas to save on transport costs by not having to face fines for unauthorised cycling and parking.

Virginia Yue, Tsuen Wan

Are you happy with your work-life balance?

I am a secondary school science student, and I am not very happy with my work-life balance.

I have to prepare for my laboratory assignments, hand in a report for each of them and do the exercises for five subjects.

Most employees of companies have at least one day off a week, so they can relax and not be constantly stressed.

However, for a student in my position, there are no holidays. At the weekend, I have to do assignments and revision.

Senior science students are studying constantly, so how can they possibly have a good work-life balance? Even the school holidays are a time for self study.

We work hard, because we are striving for good jobs. However, if we could have at least one day off a week, we could achieve a good work-life balance.

Cheng Man-sin, Cheung Sha Wan

What do you feel about the ban on triad symbols?

I do not agree with the actions of the police over the T-shirts for sale at the G.O.D. stores that bore the name of a triad society.

Although the character on the T-shirt is the name of a triad society, it does not mean that people who wear this T-shirt have any connections with that society.

I believe this was a creative design, and the police have been oversensitive.

Chan Wai-shun, Kwun Tong

On other matters ...

I am complaining about the disgraceful system that the Government Flying Service operated for the sale of its open-day tickets.

I am 15, an aviation fan and a member of a spotting club.

I am in a wheelchair and I left my house at 6am on the day of the ticket allocation last Thursday. I was going to be late for school so I could get the tickets. I went to the Central and Western District office on Pier Road to get them, only to discover they had moved (they need to update their website).

So I went to the new office and joined the queue at 7am. I waited two hours for the office to open. There were not many people in front of me, but when I got to the front I was told there were no tickets left. The allocation was supposed to be a maximum of two tickets per person and yet I know of one person who got 14 tickets. Also, the idea of three time slots with a maximum stay of two hours is stupid.

A friend of mine went to the open day in 2005. He said it was fantastic and that this stupid rule was not in force. Open days from similar organisations are held in countries all over the world and they attract thousands of visitors.

I say to the Government Flying Service, if you want more people to enjoy the day on November 18, then let more people come and do away with the two-hour rule. Let aviation fans have a great day out.

C. Cundle, The Peak

I refer to the letter from Ida Leung of the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (Talkback, October 27) in reply to my letter on Light Rail (Talkback, October 20).

Staff I spoke to at the KCRC defended the policy of having a Light Rail train with a full load of passengers, and other people gathering on the Tin Shui Wai station platform to wait, with the empty excuse that passengers down the line know the exact time to expect a train that late at night and would be disappointed should it arrive early. I find this incredible.

Rather than limiting their system to eight departures an hour, they could easily have 10 using the same trains, if the trains did not stay at Tin Shui Wai station and linger without reason.

I hope the KCRC will wake up to the fact that treating passengers well will benefit them in overall ridership.

Recently, it rained in Tin Shui Wai and the lone bench at most platforms got wet, so people stood on the dry platform instead. Is it reasonable to deprive passengers of benches for waiting when it rains? The KCRC must know that the benches are exposed.

I hope that MTR Corporation staff can bring some sense to an organisation that is overly laden with bureaucracy, eager to avoid the truth and insensitive to the physical needs of passengers.

Gordon Truscott, Yuen Long

I have long wondered about which vehicles are permitted to use the bus-only lane at the Hong Kong entrance to the Cross-Harbour Tunnel.

As well as franchised buses, tour buses and all manner of minibuses happily pile through.

And, at midday on Friday, a chauffeur-driven government car (registration available) cruised through the bus-only entrance with its lone passenger at ease in the back seat. Is this the latest example of convergence with the mainland, where top officials' cars are exempt from all normal controls?

T.J. Nealon, Pok Fu Lam

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