2013年5月2日 — 創建香港展開名為「邊度冇路行」的社區運動
在香港的路上走總會遇到種種問題：消失的道路、充滿障礙的道路、缺乏過路處或行人天橋、不合規格的行人路……這些行人路規劃問題又是由另一些問題引起：歷 史遺留下來的問題、土地水平差異、土地業權、日益增加的城市密度和交通流量…… 去年，司馬文就此向南區區議會提出建議，該議會找出了47處有問題的行人 路，改善工程已列入區議會的工作計劃。
「香港其中一個著名的問題行人路地點是尖沙咀的梳士巴利道與彌敦道的交界。在路的一邊是從購物熱點和地鐵站，另一邊是著名的觀光地點尖沙咀海旁。要跨越這 條直走不用三十秒的道路，我們要用上五分鐘去走隧道。」司馬文說。即使有成千上萬的指示牌和地圖，無論遊客或香港人都會在這個路口迷失，亦會在隧道裡迷 失。
道路安全研究小組主席鄺子憲先生：「我們支持創建香港這項運動，邀請公眾參與找出不理想的行人道，與政府當局及專業人員一起締造更美好安全的步行環境。為 了提高地面過路處的安全性，我們主張引進更現代化的安全設計及管理理念，包括30及40公里／小時的區域性街道限速和控制車流量的措施等，並結合吸引的街 道景觀設計。」
Press Release - ‘Missing Links’ campaign: 80% prefer to cross directly atSalisbury Road
Hong Kong, 2 May 2013 – Designing Hong Kong (DHK) kicks off the community campaign ‘Missing Links’.
The objective of ‘Missing Links’ is for the public to compile a list of missing and sub-standard pedestrian links in Hong Kong. DHK will ask the Transport and Housing Bureau to acknowledge the list and fix the reported problems over time. Some links can be fixed quickly. Others will have to wait for slope stabilization, major road works, or redevelopment of adjacent sites before they can be taken forward.
The campaign is supported by Legislative Councillor Frederick Fung Kin Kee and Community for Road Safety. Designing Hong Kong looks forward to working with more partners and has written to the Administration for inclusion of ‘Missing Links’ under the overall umbrella of HK Our Home.
Along pedestrian routes throughout Hong Kong people will encounter intermittent footpaths, obstructed pavements, missing crossings and footbridges and sub-standard trails. Legacy, topography, land ownership, and increasing density and traffic, have constrained the development of pedestrian infrastructure. Late last year, in response to a request by Paul Zimmerman, the District Council identified over 47 missing and sub-standard links throughout the Southern District. Plans are being made to fix these links over time.
‘One notable missing link in Hong Kong is the lack of a pedestrian crossing of Salisbury Road at the junction with Nathan Road. To cross between the popular shopping area and MTR station on one side, and the harbourfront promenade on the other side, people have to spend over 5 minutes in tunnels instead of 30 seconds to cross the road.’ says Paul Zimmerman. Despite the many signs, local and overseas visitors are continuously lost at street level and tunnels in Tsim Sha Tsui.
‘We support this campaign initiated by Designing Hong Kong to invite the public to list out unsatisfactory footpaths and to collaborate with Government authorities and professionals to shape a more pleasant and safer walking environment. In order to increase the safety performance of surface crossings, we advocate the introduction of more advanced safety design and management concepts including area-wide 30km/h and 40km/h speed limits on urban streets and measures to reduce traffic demands etc, in conjunction with attractive streetscape design.’ says Julian Kwong – Chairperson of The Community for Road Safety .
According to a survey conducted among Hong Kong residents by Designing Hong Kong, over 77% of the 666 respondents prefer crossing at street level when the weather is nice, and 72% prefer subways and footbridges when it rains. These findings correlate with the 2003 Census which identified that over 70% of the public prefer street level crossings over subways and footbridges.
Over 80% of the respondents supported a new zebra crossing at the Peninsula to cross Salisbury Road. ‘Based on these survey results and to improve overall walkability in Tsim Sha Tsui, we call on the Administration to support the return of a pedestrian crossing from Nathan Road to the waterfront soonest. It will greatly enhance the visitor experience of Tsim Sha Tsui,’ Paul Zimmerman concluded.
Designing Hong Kong invites the public to submit pictures and locations of missing links along their pedestrian routes by using www.missinglinks.hk.