Restrict and regulate dangerous cyclists to protect pedestrians

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 24 August, 2014, 3:43am
UPDATED : Sunday, 24 August, 2014, 3:43am

For a long time, drivers in Hong Kong have suffered in silence when motorbikes have weaved through traffic at high speed, overtaking on the left or right, and very often cutting in from the left.

These motorcyclists inevitably jump the queue when approaching the toll area of one of Hong Kong's tunnels, after which they ride in the middle of double white lines, only making a decision to take the left or the right lane when they see which lane is faster.

Many of them have no respect for traffic lights.

In addition to the above, we have to tolerate groups of cyclists pedalling along Repulse Bay or struggling up Peak Road, holding up traffic consisting of tourist buses, New World First buses and private cars.

With so many cyclists on the road, perhaps it is time that they be required to obtain cycling licences, as they do not appear to know the traffic rules.

On occasion, they ride three abreast along narrow Peak Road, creating a tailback of traffic.

They cycle at fairly high speeds, do not believe in hand signals, and do not have rear view mirrors.

Worse still is the fact that a certain number of these cyclists have been seen by me on at least two Sunday mornings cycling up Black's Link from near the Police Museum towards Shouson Hill. This road has its ups and downs, as well as a lot of hikers of all ages.

A few weeks ago, a number of senior hikers were visibly shaken when these cyclists hurtled down the slope, as it was difficult to jump aside fast enough to avoid being hit, especially when they came down in packs.

On that occasion, some of the walkers informed the cyclists that Black's Link was not a cycling lane, and pointed out a sign prohibiting cycling. On August 10, the same cyclists were again reminded of the fact at the entrance to Black's Link. Their response was "we know" before they proceeded to cycle up the road.

Under the circumstances, the relevant authorities should consider putting speed bumps or even barriers as well as big signs marking this as a "no cycling" lane. That, in addition to much more regulation of these two-wheeled road menaces.

Barbara Winterbourne, Happy Valley