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Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA)

The need to schweeb

PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 April, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 30 April, 2010, 12:00am

My friends and I are annoyed by traffic jams in Hong Kong, especially during festivals and rush hours.

To solve the problem, the government has been building flyovers and new roads like the one that connects the Central and Wan Chai. Sadly, the problem still exists. Is there any other solution?

A recent article in the Young Post (March 9) gave me hope. Geoffery Barnett of New Zealand has come up with a human-powered monorail - the 'schweeb'.

It's like riding a bicycle in mid-air. It is safe and environmentally friendly. The reclining seat is comfortable and there is a weather-proof capsule.

Imagine, if most commuters in Hong Kong were 'schweebing' during rush hours, traffic would be much smoother. The spectacular view from the Schweeb would also attract tourists to Hong Kong.

The government should give the 'schweeb' a thought.

Cecile Wong, HKMA David Li Kwok Po College

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Cecile. Hong Kong's traffic jams are a nightmare, although not as bad as places like Bangkok. At first glance, the schweeb looks like an ideal solution. Not only would they ease congestion but they are environmentally friendly and offer much needed exercise to Hongkongers.

But they are not a practical way to solve traffic congestion. They could really only be used by fit folk, and would require kilometres of rails, monitoring equipment and a lot of money.

Perhaps we need to come to some other arrangement regarding festivals. I wonder what innovative ideas Young Post readers can come up with.

Susan, Editor