A continuous cycleway along the Hong Kong Island harbourfront is possible, a cycling group says, if transport officials are willing to build a track that in places is different from their standard type, and make some simple road improvements. The proposal, by the Hong Kong Cycling Alliance, for a 16-kilometre cycle route will be discussed by the Harbourfront Commission today. Martin Turner, of the 200-member alliance, said public engagement processes, including a Planning Department harbourfront study for Island East, had generated public calls for a cycle route. 'But officials just sidelined the idea,' he said. 'I hope with the backing of the commission, the continuous cycling route can overcome the bureaucratic barriers of segmented planning districts and a lack of awareness of the role cycling can play in creating a vibrant harbourfront,' he said. Harbourfront rides organised by his group over the past few years to call for the cycleway had attracted 1,000 participants, he said. Under the alliance's proposal, which pinpoints spots that need improvement, the route would run from Kennedy Town to Heng Fa Chuen, a residential estate on the northeast of Hong Kong Island. The alliance said it accepted that space limitations meant it might not always be possible to create two-way segregated cycle tracks to the Transport Department's standard. But the alliance said the design would have to be flexible, looking not only at employing non-standard tracks, but also existing roads, and sharing open space and pavements. Turner said the group was not hoping for a completely continuous route, and in some cases where the pavement or the road were narrow, they were happy to share the road, if there were proper markings. Improvements needed in particular would be to public land around Quarry Bay Park, which has a temporary car par next to it, and the Hong Kong Yacht Club. At Kennedy Town, proposed amendments include installing a promenade at the New Praya, and slightly redesigning the layout of an underused bus terminus. The Western Wholesale Food Market, with several vacant piers, should open up. A waterworks building should be relocated from the waterfront, the alliance suggests. Around the Convention and Exhibition Centre, the section would not be segregated, instead using surface markings on the road and on Golden Bauhinia Square to indicate the cycleway, with signs to limit speeds. At the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter cyclists may need to dismount on some narrow pavements unless they are widened, the group says.