Cyclothon aimed to enhance image of HK as Asia’s events capital

PUBLISHED : Monday, 03 October, 2016, 5:19pm
UPDATED : Monday, 03 October, 2016, 11:16pm

I refer to Geeta Bhavnani’s letter (“Cyclothon caused a lot of disruption”, September 26).

First of all, the Hong Kong Tourism Board would like to express our sincere gratitude to visitors and locals for their support for the Hong Kong Cyclothon.

We would also like to sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused by the event.

Organised for the second year, the Hong Kong Cyclothon aims to showcase the city’s iconic views to an international audience, and enhance the city’s image as the events capital of Asia.

Thanks to the staunch support of the public, over 4,600 participants and various government departments, the event ran smoothly and all the closed roads reopened as scheduled.

We also received positive feedback from international cyclists complimenting the amazing views along the route which they had never seen in other places in the world before.

Having learnt from last year’s experience, the board took various measures to minimise the disturbances that the event might bring to the public and to road users. We worked very closely with our independent traffic consultant and related government departments to plan the routes and special arrangements in relation to the road closure and traffic diversion.

This year, we also started the event at 5.30am in order to ensure the affected roads could be reopened as scheduled. Signs were placed at the access points to the temporarily closed roads in order to provide adequate directions to road users.

Besides, with the support of various government departments, public transport companies and various parties, information about the special traffic arrangements were announced through a variety of channels, including message displays on highways, break-in radio messages in tunnels, TV and radio advertisements and leaflets, that allowed the public to plan their travel arrangements in advance.

The board fully understands that to a certain extent, the road closures and special traffic arrangements due to the event might have caused inconvenience to the public. We will continue our efforts to look for further enhancement in our arrangements when organising events in the future.

Mason Hung, general manager, event and product development, Hong Kong Tourism Board