CYCLISTS are fuming over Hong Kong Ferry's plans to ban them from its Central to Jordan route. The route is one of the few options for cyclists to take their bikes across the harbour without paying taxi charges. They say the only other cross harbour transport for bikes is the company's North Point to Kowloon City or Kwun Tong routes which many find inconvenient. The company said last May it would be banning bicycles from ferries using the route in July for the sake of passenger safety. Hong Kong Olympic cyclist, Hui Chak-bor, was disappointed with the news. 'It is very inconvenient now as I live in Hong Kong and part of my training must be in Sha Tin,' he said. 'My team-mates all live in Kowloon but they refuse to come over to Hong Kong now because of the inconvenience with this route. 'Now every time I train with them it must be in Kowloon and the only way I can get there is by the North Point route which is so far away.' Secretary General for the Hong Kong Cyclists' Association, Frederick Chan Chun-hung, was concerned there would soon be no way of getting bikes across the harbour. 'I remember when you could even take bikes on the Star Ferry but it seems nobody wants to allow it now,' he said. 'It will be very inconvenient as about 70 per cent of our members need to take bikes across the harbour and about 50 per cent use the ferry. If anything, they should ban those big bikes which carry meat and vegetables from the markets.' Hong Kong Ferry spokesman, Karen Koong Po-wan, said bikes had to go on the passenger deck as the relocation of the route's pier last June forced the closure of the vehicular level of the ferry where bikes are usually transported. 'It can be dangerous and inconvenient to passengers, particularly carrying the bicycles up and down the ferry stairs,' she said. 'We understand the cyclists' worries but if they want to take bikes on this route then they will have to be slightly dismantled and carried as hand baggage.'