Cyclists have criticised a three-year study on cycling in new towns as "trivial" and for failing to touch on planning issues. The report, compiled by consultancy firm Atkins and commissioned by the Transport Department in May 2010, was meant to identify deficiencies in the existing cycle networks in nine new towns and suggest ways of improving them. It also aimed to "review and recommend suitable cycling infrastructure planning and design principles". But Cycling Alliance chairman Martin Turner said the planning part was hardly addressed in the report, which was supposed to have been completed in 2011. The 42-page report identified the lack of bicycle parking locations, and proposed providing parking along footpaths and utilising spaces between columns and under bridges. It also described in detail the pros and cons of each type of bicycle rack. For cycling in general, it suggested the government offer more cycling courses and use the internet to promote safety. It proposed enhancing cycling tracks' connectivity at bus stops and light rail stops, and introducing cycle crossings at signal-controlled junctions. "[The report] only tried to look at cycle tracks and a few specific facilities in new towns, not general cycling on roads and the cycling environment as a whole," Turner said. [The report] only tried to look at cycle tracks and a few specific facilities in new towns, not general cycling on roads and the cycling environment as a whole Describing the report as a "Form Five project", he said the department was trying to limit cycling to a leisure activity by not addressing a cycling-on-the-road system, where 80 per cent of cycling took place. "It's shocking that after this cost and time, the Transport Department can't come up with anything more significant," he said. Democratic Party lawmaker Wu Chi-wai said it was a waste of time if the report did not mention a review of the city's cycling policy. It should have focused on how to make it safer for cyclists riding on roads, rather tinkering with small details, he said. The Transport Department said some suggested measures would be tested in Tai Po, while another consultant would be engaged to identify sites to implement further improvement measures. The study, including additional services, cost about HK$1.4 million, it said.