17 September

The Tsing Yi Coastal Trail 青衣環島徑

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The Tsing Yi Coastal Trail

Since 2002, we have been advocating access along the waterfronts. After we introduced the “Hong Kong Island Coastal Trail” we received suggestions to create trails along other coastlines of Hong Kong. One such request was for a coastal route around Tsing Yi Island, connecting the Tsing Yi Promenade with the Tsing Yi Nature Trails and along Tsing Yi South.

Tsing Yi is the fifth largest island in Hong Kong with a population of around 200,000. The outer perimeter is around 16 km. It is an important transportation hub connecting New Territories West and the urban area of Hong Kong with cross-sea bridges.

Tsing Yi Island is characterized by three main areas: Residential, industrial, and nature. The proposed “Tsing Yi Coastal Trail” links all parts of Tsing Yi with a convenient coastal trail for residents and visitors.

We have studied routes, documented sights and destinations, and prepared proposals for improvements which can bring the route closer to the shore. To learn more about the trail, visit our website.

Route

Starting at the Maritime Square – Tsing Yi MTR station, walk south along the Tsing Yi Promenade with a view of Rambler Channel, and pass the Tsing Yi Swimming Pool to arrive at the Tsing Yi Public Pier. The pier once offered ferry services to Tsuen Wan and Central. Following the completion of rail and road links, the ferry service was suspended – but the pier remains as a gathering place, and an informal drop off and pick up point for different maritime operators.

Walking south under the Cheung Tsing Bridge and Tsing Yi South Bridge, Tsing Yi turns industrial. The route joins Tsing Yi Road via the elevator next to the Tsing Yi Preliminary Treatment Works. From there, walk down the path near Tsing Hung Road Playground and Tsing Yi Hong Wan Road along container terminals. Pass under Stonecutters’ Bridge and along the oil terminals at Tsing Sheung Road including Sinopec’s giant circular oil depot. Looking north, the mountains known as Sam Chi Heung act as a natural barrier between the residential areas and the heavy port industries along Tsing Yi Road. Continue west and after turning into Nam Wan, you find an abandoned Swire Paint Factory. Pass Sai Tso Wan and walk along the Nam Wan Tunnel and Cheung Tsing Tunnel for a view of other industries.

Next you join the Tsing Yi Nature Trail. At the top of the trail, you will have a panoramic view of Tsing Ma Bridge. This is a great spot for sunset and night scenes. Turn into Fong Tin Mei Path near Cheung Wang Bus Terminal, from where you walk along Tam Kon Shan Road to Tsing Yi Northeast Park. Go through the park to return to the Tsing Yi Promenade. Passing the Tsing Tsuen Bridge, you arrive back at the starting point. You will have completed the 16km Tsing Yi Coastal Trail.

Creating a great adventure

The Tsing Yi Coastal Trail links together a marvelous variety of views, including cross-sea bridges, shipyards, container terminals, factories, parks and nature. We have put forward suggestions for improvements which will make Tsing Yi more enjoyable for both residents and visitors. These include fixing narrow footpaths, trails and out-of-date road signs. Included also is a suggestion for a new pedestrian walkway to link with the Lantau Link Visitors Centre. This would make it easier to enjoy a great stopover, and enhance visitation.

We need your support lobbying the government on the improvements of the Tsing Yi Coastal Trail. Tell us your comment here.

Click here to learn more about Tsing Yi Coastal Trail!

青衣油庫 Oil Depot

 

青衣自然徑 Tsing Yi Nature Trail

青馬大橋 Tsing Ma Bridge

青馬大橋 Tsing Ma Bridge

藍巴勒海峽 Rambler Channel

藍巴勒海峽 Rambler Channel

青衣環島徑

自2002年,創建香港一直提倡讓市民能接近岸邊。去年我們曾簡介「港島環島徑」的路線,其後收到許多公眾意見,建議我們將構思拓展到港島以外的地方。當中我們收到不少街坊的意見希望嘗試在青衣環島遊。

青衣是香港第五大島,人口超過20萬。青衣島面積雖然不大,但卻是香本港重要的交通樞紐,島上有多條跨海大橋將市區及新界西和大嶼山連接起來。

在短短數小時的步行,大家可看見青衣住宅、工業及大自然三種截然不同的景貌。透過「青衣環島徑」的計劃,我們期望能接通青衣的海岸線,為遊人提供一個方便、可行的沿海行人道。

因此,我們著手研究路線,進行了多次的實地考察,沿途紀錄了不同的景點,並找出多個需要改善的地方,希望盡可能將市民帶近到青衣岸邊。想了解更多青衣環島徑的資訊?歡迎參閱我們的網頁

路線

從青衣城出發,沿著青衣海濱長廊南行,可欣賞藍巴勒海峽的景色,一直前行,經過青衣游泳池便到達青衣碼頭。昔日的碼頭曾提供客輪服務來往荃灣及中環,隨著島上的跨海大橋落成,島上陸路交通改善,航線已停航多年,但碼頭仍是不少人出海的上落點。

繼續向南面走,經過長青橋及青衣南橋底,便即踏入青衣的工業地帶。經污水處理廠旁的電梯回到青衣路,再緩緩走下青鴻路遊樂場旁的小徑,前往青衣航運路。穿過昂船洲大橋橋底,走到青尚路的盡頭,更可一睹青衣路旁一個個巨型圓桶油庫。而身後三度高低起伏的山脈,正是分隔工業帶及住宅區的天然屏障「三支香」。轉入南環的路段時,更有一座廢棄的工廠,它就是太古漆廠的舊址。其後到達西草灣一帶,沿青衣西路緩緩上斜,從南灣隧道和長青隧道的出口上經過,回頭就可從高眺西草灣一帶的重工業區。

再向前行便會到達青衣自然徑的入口。在自然徑登頂後,即可將青馬大橋景色盡收眼簾,於黃昏時更可欣賞大橋日落夜景。在長宏邨巴士總站旁轉入芳田美徑,於担杆山路直行,便到達青衣東北公園。穿過公園重回青衣的海濱,一路沿岸邊走便回到青衣海濱長廊,途經青荃橋橋底,便回到我們的起點,完成16公里的青衣環島徑。

開心暢遊青衣環島徑

青衣環島徑沿途包括大橋、工廠、公園及自然徑等景色,但我們實地考察後發現沿途仍有多個問題,例如行人路狹窄、未有更新路牌等。因此我們提出了七項改善建議,希望能夠令遊人更享受在青衣探索的過程。

除此以外,我們更希望將環島徑的路線向西擴展,接駁現行西面的小路,並連接到青嶼幹線觀景台,為環島徑增添更多景點和可能性!

因此,我們需要你的支持去游說政府改善現有的不足,按這裡告訴我們你對環島徑的意見!

更多有關青衣環島徑的資訊,請歡迎參閱我們的網頁

18 August

Hong Kong Island Coastal Trail – Progress Update (August 2021) 港島環島徑—最新消息 (2021年8月)

Hong Kong Island Coastal Trail – Progress Update (August 2021)

Designing Hong Kong is working hard to improve the Hong Kong Island Coastal Trail. Below is a progress update.

Improvement Works_Progress 202108

Major improvement works

  1. Sandy Bay to Telegraph Bay under study. (Invigorate Island South Office)
  2. Waterfall Bay Bridge link between Cyberport Port Road and Waterfall Bay Park is pending agreement on maintenance. (Leisure and Cultural Services Department)
  3. Cape D’Aguilar – Shek O Trail is approved in principle and awaiting funding under the District Minor Work programme. (Home Affairs Department)
  4. Museum of Coastal Defence access route has been denied (Leisure and Cultural Services Department). For now people will have to rely on trails along the Island Eastern Corridor.
  5. Boardwalk under Island East Corridor has been gazetted and is expected to be opened in 2024. (Civil Engineering Development Department)

Minor improvement works

  1. Shun Tak Centre illegal parking has been resolved. Further pedestrian improvement is pending the land owner. (Shun Tak Holdings)
  2. Western Water Selling Kiosk footpath widening has been confirmed and is pending works. (Leisure and Cultural Services Department and Water Supplies Department)
  3. Connecting Kennedy Town Praya to China Merchant Wharf is approved as a District Minor Works programme and pending funding. (Home Affairs Department)
  4. Waterfall Bay removal of fences to improve beach access is pending reply. (Leisure and Cultural Services Department)
  5. Wong Chuk Hang Road and Island Road widening of the footpath is supported by Ocean Park (they will surrender part of their nursery). Implementation is pending. (Transport Department)
  6. Deep Water Bay re-organising road, footpath, parking and beach amenities is pending outcome of the Study of Coastal Hazards under Climate Change and Extreme Weather and Formulation of Improvement Measures – Feasibility Study. (Civil Engineering Development Department)
  7. Trail South Bay to Chung Hom Wan improvements are approved in principle and awaiting funding under the District Minor Work programme. (Home Affairs Department)
  8. Stanley Gap Road pavement improvements to Stanley East Catchwater pending. (Transport Department)
  9. Cape D’Aguilar Road pavement pending.  (Transport Department)
  10. Shek O to Big Wave Bay pavement pending. (Transport Department)
  11. Marine Police Regional Headquarters relocation to open up shore at Lei King Wan pending. (Police)
  12. Quarry Bay Park pet access route pending consultation of local stakeholders. (Leisure and Cultural Services Department)
  13. Quarry Bay Promenade widening yet to be agreed. (Harbour Office / Development Bureau)
  14. Public Open Space at North Point improvements are underway. (Harbour Office; Sun Hung Kai)
  15. Central Military Dock public access when there is no vessel in town, and improvements to surrounding area pending. (People’s Liberation Army) (Leisure and Cultural Services Department)
  16. Signage proposed but yet to receive a response. (Tourism Commission)

Completed

  1. Hung Hing Road footpath in January 2021. You can now walk from the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter.

 

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Site visit with Government Departments and District Councillors at the Western Water Selling Kiosk
與區議員及部門代表參觀西區食水賣水站

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Illegal parking at the Shun Tak Centre has been resolved
信德中心的違泊問題已經解決

 

港島環島徑—最新消息 (2021年8月)

創建香港從去年起推動港島環島徑的構思,一直與不同的政府部門、機構及持份者溝通,希望共同努力將這條65公里長的環島徑盡早打通。以下是各個改善項目的最新進度:

主要改善工程:

  1. 躍動港島南辦事處正就興建大口環至綱綫灣沿海行人路進行研究。
  2. 橫跨瀑布灣的行人天橋將連接起數碼港道及瀑布灣公園,省卻來往數碼港及華富的時間。在工程開展前,康樂及文化事務署與其他相關部門需要先釐清天橋的管理及維修責任等。
  3. 興建連接鶴咀道至石澳的行山徑已在南區區議會的地區小型工程申請中獲得原則上支持。現正等候民政署的撥款才能開展工程。
  4. 就改善筲箕灣及杏花邨之間的行人連接,康文署已經初步拒絕開放海防博物館供市民通過的建議。我們正與運輸署聯繫,希望在東區走廊旁研究設立一條安全的行人通道作為替補方案。
  5. 土木工程拓展署已就東區走廊下興建行人板道刊憲。工程預計於今年年尾展開,並在2025年落成。

其他改善工程:

  1. 信德中心地面的違例泊車問題已經解決。我們現正聯絡物業的擁有人信德集團,討論改善地面行人設施的可能性。
  2. 康樂及文化事務署及水務署將分別進行小型工程搬遷西區食水賣水站旁小徑的花槽和鐡欄以擴闊行人路。
  3. 中西區區議會已通過撥款在加多近街臨時花園對出興建臨時海濱,並連接到即將重建的招商局碼頭海濱。
  4. 拆除瀑布灣公園內的鐡閘,我們已去信康樂及文化事務署,並正等候部門的回應。
  5. 黃竹坑道和香島道部份地方的行人路因鄰近的短期租約用地而變得狹窄。我們已向地政署查詢有關短期租約的情況,當中黃竹坑道的部份,海洋公園已答應縮減苗圃的面積供擴闊行人路。
  6. 就改善深水灣行人路,需要有全盤的計劃去重新規劃深水灣的道路、泊車位及康樂設施。我們正等待政府在2019年開展的「氣候變化和極端天氣下的沿岸災害研究及改善措施的制訂」的研究結果才進行進一步的研究。
  7. 連接南灣至舂磡角的山徑已在南區區議會的地區小型工程申請中獲得原則上支持。現正等候民政署的撥款才能開展工程。
  8. 赤柱峽道的行人路非常狹窄,但每天仍有行山人士沿這條路來往赤柱及行山徑的入口。我們已經聯絡運輸署希望盡快進行工程擴闊路段以確保路人的安全。
  9. 現時鶴咀道並未設有行人路,導致行山客需走到馬路上。我們已聯絡運輸署希望盡快研究為路段舖設行人路。
  10. 每日都有大量居民及遊客來往石澳至大浪灣之間,但兩地之間的馬路並沒有設有行人路。我們亦聯絡了運輸署為此路段興建行人路進行研究。
  11. 位於西灣河海濱的水警總區總部現時以臨時撥地方式批地予警方使用現時總部隔開了西灣河海濱及愛秩序灣海濱,令東區的海濱未能連接。
  12. 現時鰂魚涌公園並未容許寵物進入。康文署表示將會繼續收集更多社區的意見,再檢視是否將公園列入現行的「寵物共享公園」試驗計劃。
  13. 擴闊鰂魚涌海濱長廊仍需要發展局轄下的海港辦事處的批准和與相闦的土地擁有人商討。
  14. 有關改善北角海濱公園,海港辦事處與發展商新鴻基已進行溝通並進行工程。
  15. 中環軍用碼頭原訂會在無軍艦停泊時開放予公眾。這需要駐港解放軍與管理海濱用地的部門例如康樂及文化事務署等商討。
  16. 就設立統一的環島徑指示牌,我們已經主動聯絡旅遊事務署並正等待他們的回覆。

已完成:

  1. 鴻興路行人路於2021年1月已經開通。加上鄰近的灣仔臨時海濱亦開通,現時市民已經可以沿港島北的海濱由堅尼地城一直走到銅鑼灣避風塘。
21 December

Event: Rediscovering and Mapping the Coastal Trail for HK Island 社區活動:共同繪製港島環島遊指南

Event: Rediscovering and Mapping the Coastal Trail for HK Island 活動推介:共同繪製港島環島遊指南

Event: Rediscovering and Mapping the Coastal Trail for HK Island
活動推介:共同繪製港島環島遊指南

Together with Trailwatch, i-Discover and Dutch Chamber, you are invited to take part in the mapping event from 21st December – 18th January. Join any time, at your own convenience.
EVENT DETAILS:

The mapping event will run from 21st December – 18th January. You can take part at any time, at your own convenience.

  • The 65km trail is divided into 8 sections, from easy to moderate in difficulty. There’s something for everyone, from steep remote mountain climbs to flat urban harbourside walks. If you’re feeling like you want a challenge, you can run or walk the entire trail in one go, or if you want some leisurely walks, you can split up your journey into sections over several days.
  • When you sign up, you will receive an e-mail with detailed instructions for each section. You simply print the set for your preferred section, pack some water and snacks and be on your way! The TrailWatch app will help you navigate on the way.
  • Along the trail are over 70 Points of Interest. Places with a story to tell. We ask you to stop, take a breather, have a wander. Share with us your pictures, observations and conversations (English or Chinese) through the TrailWatch App, What’sApp or e-mail. We’ll collect the most compelling narratives and photographs and put them on an illustrated map.
  • End of January we’ll publish Hong Kong’s first community-created Hong Kong Island Coastal Trail Walking Map
  • Each participating team will get a pack with 12 Hong Kong neighbourhood walks as a souvenir and prizes for teams with most original entries!!

Hong Kong Island Coastal Trail Challenge: https://dutchchamhk.glueup.com/event/mapping-the-hong-kong-island-coastal-trail-30453/
Register our event: https://dutchchamhk.glueup.com/event/30453/register/
8 recommended section: https://www.coastaltrail.hk/hkict-route.html
Download TrailWatch: https://apps.apple.com/hk/app/trailwatch-your-hiking-guide/id791098937?l=en
Submission to [email protected]
#hkcoastaltrail
#explorehiddengems
#keepheritagealive
#walkability
#getlostwithoutgettinglost
#hkict

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創建香港與Trailwatch徑‧香港、i-Discover和香港荷蘭商會合作,在12月21日至1月18日期間進行一個「虛擬」的社區活動,希望透過市民的參與,一同建立一份屬於香港人的環島徑地圖。
參加者隨時隨地都可以參與活動。只需要透過Trailwatch手機應用程式、Whatsapp、Facebook、Instagram或Email告訴我們途中的所見所聞,並配合圖片。收集到大家的故事後我們會選出最佳的圖片和故事,將它們加入到我們的網上地圖上。我們亦會整合大家的故事,邀請本地設計師製作一份瓖島社區指南。

經香港荷蘭商會網頁報名的參加者可獲得iDiscover早前設計的社區地圖作為紀念品。另外我們亦會選出最優秀的故事,將會額外的獎品送贈予該參加者。

步行 . 港島環島徑長65公里,共分為8段;有合家歡的海傍步行徑,亦有較進階的攀岩及行山徑,適合不同年齡層與體力的人士參與。喜愛挑戰的人士可以嘗試以步行或緩步跑方式一氣完成全程,你亦可以在不同日子,不同時段漫步所選的分段路徑。
紀錄 . 透過Google Play或the App Store下載Trailwatch手機應用程式,並選擇港島環島徑路段以即時展開導航功能,紀錄活動情況及上傳沿路拍攝的照片。
探索 . 跟隨路徑上的指引,尋找景點背後的故事,發掘城市更多有趣的面貌。
分享 . 這些景點背後有什麼故事?有什麼值得到訪的理由?對你而言又有什麼意義?透過以下社交平台,與我們分享你沿途的所想,所見,所聞 – 可以是你的個人回憶,難忘的經歷,很棒的照片,甚至是路途上展開的有趣對話(中英皆可)

網上登記: https://dutchchamhk.glueup.com/event/mapping-the-hong-kong-island-coastal-trail-30453/

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8 December

Kai Tak: Toilet bowl or water sports paradise 啟德,玩水定玩屎,只有一念之差

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Kai Tak: Toilet bowl or water sports paradise

The best water for marine recreation, leisure and sports in Victoria Harbour for all aegis the 90 hectares of inland water known as the Kai Tak Approach Channel and the Kwun Tong Typhoon Shelter. The water is calm in almost all-weather conditions and is protected by land on all sides except for small gaps between the Kai Tak runway and Kwun Tong.

Two things are required to make this water available to the 2.2 million residents of Kowloon for recreation: clean water and purpose built marine supporting facilities along the shore (think: the water sports centre at Stanley main beach).

Despite intense planning for the former airport site, both are left wanting. Drastic action is needed to achieve both. The Government should reconsider treating Kai Tak’s inland water as a toilet bowl for the benefit of land revenue and cost savings.

The first ‘no-reclamation’ outline zoning plan for Kai Tak in 2007 had roads along each section of the waterfront. With lobbying, these were moved except for a short section.

As of 2014, water sports and recreation are now always permitted in public open spaces, but we have a saying: ‘always permitted means it never gets done’.

Instead of permanent sites we can expect two containers on the lower embankment of the runway, use of an old fire station surrounded by temporary structures near the runway tip and a small site under the highway without landing steps or a ramp to access the water.

What’s worse is the water quality. Many remember the smell upon landing at Kai Tak. To solve this, a 600 metre gap under the runway would allow tidal changes to flush the enclosed waters.

In 2018, it was proudly determined that the land could be used for development and infrastructure as the gap was no longer needed. As factories moved to the Mainland, the ‘expedient’ discharge of pollutants into storm drains had ‘improved’ a lot.

Unfortunately, the Government advised the Town Planning Board in November 2020 that although the smell had gone, runoff from Kowloon City and Kwun Tong and effluent from the Tai Po and Shatin Sewage Treatment Works will continue to flow into this semi-enclosed waterbody. This makes it doubtful the E.coli standards for secondary contact recreational uses will (ever) be met. The solution is simple – to invest into redirecting these pollutants to the open water.

It is not too late to fix Kai Tak.

 

(Based on ‘Kai Tak: Toilet bowl or water sports paradise’ by Paul Zimmerman published in Southside Magazine, 1 December 2020)

啟德,玩水定玩屎,只有一念之差

啟德明渠進口道及觀塘避風塘的水域是各年齡層在維港兩岸進行水上活動的理想地方。在各種天氣下,該處都風平浪靜,除啟德跑道及觀塘之間的夾縫,四周都被陸地包圍。

要將這水域開放給 220 萬九龍區市民進行水上活動有兩個先決條件:一、潔淨水質;二、沿岸的水上活動配套(如赤柱正灘的水上活動中心)。儘管啟德的發展如火如荼,以上兩項卻了無寸進,要達成條件仍須下更多苦功。

啟德首個排除填海的規劃大綱(S/K22/2, 2007)中有馬路貫穿不同海濱路段,多次遊說後成功爭取只在一小段保留馬路,水上活動及娛樂亦隨之獲准在公共空間進行。(S/K22/4, 2014)然而,政府卻為了土地收入及節省成本,將啟德水域視為名乎其實的公廁。

只是在我們眼中,一紙批文遠未足夠。要確保遊人能享受水上活動,獲准活動的細則要更明確,而設施配套亦要有相應設立。現有規劃下未見興建永久水上活動中心的計劃,取而代之我們預見只會有由各種零零碎碎的臨時設施湊合而成的水上活動配套,例如在跑道低海堤放置兩個貨櫃,重用在跑道末端被各種臨時設施包圍的舊消防局,又或在跑道上劃出一小塊空地,卻沒有興建梯級或斜坡讓遊人前往岸邊。

比設施更大的問題是水質。啟德明渠的臭味仍記憶猶新,政府曾提出了在跑道打開一個 600 米的缺口,讓水流協助排走污水。2018 年,當局卻因為水質問題的改善提出沒有興建該缺口的必要,並建議把原有土地用作發展及基建用途。隨着工廠北移,把工業污水排到明渠的不負責行為日漸減少,水質才稍為有些改善。

令人嘩然的是政府竟在 2020 年 11 月(Y/K22/4)建議城規會繼續把九龍城、觀塘的排水,及大埔和沙田污水處理廠的已處理污水排放到臭味問題已經改善的啟德明渠,令人質疑在啟德水域進行康樂活動的安全,擔心大腸桿菌能否在可見將來,符合次級接觸的標準。其實解決方法非常簡單,只須把這些污水直接引流到開放水域。解決啟德問題,為時未晚。

(立場新聞2020年12月7日連結: 啟德,玩水定玩屎,只有一念之差)

9 November

“Hong Kong Island Coastal Trail” has been passed in 4 District Councils「港島環島徑」獲得四區區議會支持

First Joint Motion Passed in 4 DC: Hong Kong Island Coastal Trail

Four district council representatives, Paul Zimmerman, Michael Pang Cheuk-kei ( Southern District Council), Cherry Wong Kin-ching, Sam YIP Kam-lung (Central and Western District Council), Clarisse Yeung Suet-ying, Cathy Yau Man-shan (Wanchai District Council) and Kelly Chan Po-king, Andrew Chiu Ka-yin, Cheung tat-hung and Wei Siu-lik (Eastern District Council) gathered at the Aldrich Bay Promenade today (7 Nov) to urge for collaboration between District Councils, NGOs and Government to implement the “Hong Kong Island Coastal Trail”.

Hong Kong Island Coastal Trail – 65km trail with over 70 points of interest
The joint motion adopted unanimously in the four district councils of Hong Kong Island urges government to link existing promenades, footpaths and trails into a 65-kilometre long Hong Kong Island Coastal Trail.
The route covers over seventy points of interest including historic and tourist sites, beaches and waterfronts, urban and nature trails. The trail offers easy access for residents and visitors of all ages and abilities. Many will be attracted to explore sections, while others may try to complete the route in one day. Hong Kong Island Coastal Trail will encourage more people to walk improving public health and enjoyment of the city. For more details see: www.coastaltrail.hk

First ever joint motion by District Councils
The greater length of the route is in place. However, some missing links and improvements are needed.
Some of the improvements overlap district boundaries. This first ever joint motion gained support across all councils, and across all political backgrounds. With coordination by the Home Affairs Bureau of the relevant departments the trail can be completed and enhanced with coherent signage, seats, water-fountains and a pet-friendly policy.

Community Initiative
The trail is a bottom-up policy initiative and responds to proposals from members of the public. A recent online survey shows that 80% of 1,200 respondents support the improvements proposed to create a coherent trail around the island as close as possible to the waterfront. Many respondents offered valuable suggestions to enhance the appeal of the route for residents and visitors.

What’s next?
The District Councils will work to encourage government to provide the resources, funding and coordination required to implement the Hong Kong Island Coastal Trail. In the meantime, we welcome suggestions, proposals, photos and stories from the community for the different sections. In the long term, we will work on a route for cyclists, and develop concepts for other trails to be enhanced for public enjoyment. We will also help other district councils with development of trails in other areas including a Tsing Yi Coastal Trail, a Kowloon Victoria Harbour Route and a North District Ecological Trail.

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四區區議會代表,包括司馬文、 彭卓棋 (南區區議會代表)、黃健菁、 葉錦龍 (中西區區議會代表)、 楊雪盈 、邱汶珊 (灣仔區議會代表)和陳寶琼、 趙家賢 、 鄭達鴻 、韋少力 (東區區議會代表)於今日11月7日在愛秩序灣海濱(近東區法院大樓)倡議更多跨區議會、跨政府部門及與不同民間機構的合作機會,改善社區,完善港島環島徑。

港島環島徑長65公里,沿途有70多個景點
環島徑沿途包括古蹟、沙灘、海濱、行山徑等七十多個景點。不同年齡層同能力的居民及遊客都可以隨時享受環島徑,喜愛挑戰的人士更可以嘗試一日完成全程65公里。「港島環島徑」途徑多個社區,市民能夠輕易到達。透過改善港島的行人網絡,可以鼓勵更多人步行去推廣健康的生活習慣。詳情請參閱:www.coastaltrail.hk

首次跨區共同支持議案
雖然絕大部份的路線已經完成,但是還有不少路段需要改善。有些路段更是兩區重疊,需要跨區處理。是次的動議獲得跨區及跨黨派的支持,期望民政局及相關部門能盡快協調,使環島徑能連接起所有路段,完善沿途配套設施如:安裝統一的標示、增設無障礙和寵物友善路線、增加座椅、水機等。

社區主導
是次環島徑是由下而上的政策主導,由市民提供寶貴的意見。根據網上調查,超過1200位受訪者中接近80%都支持環島徑的改善建議,他們亦期望路線越接近海岸越好,最終居民和旅客能享受環島遊的樂趣。

下一步?
我們會繼續聯同各區區議員及政府相關部門合作,尋找資金和資源建立港島環島徑。同時,我們誠邀各位市民提供更多建議、方案、圖片及沿島的都市故事,好讓我們深化這個本地遊。長遠而言,我們亦會設計單車路段,發掘香港其他行山路線。藉着是次的經驗,我們鼓勵其他區發掘新路線,例如青衣環島徑、九龍維港徑及北區生態徑。

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6 October

Topside development on XRL – Survey Result

no height relaxation

We conducted a public opinion survey between September 28th to October 6th regarding the captioned application. 143 people submitted their responses.

The majority of the respondents objected expressing concerns over the relaxation of building height restrictions, deteriorating air ventilation, urban heat island effect, daylight access and visual intrusion.

By Friday Oct 9, please submit your comments to Town Planning Board at https://www.info.gov.hk/tpb/tc/plan_application/A_K20_133.html

廣深港高速鐵路西九龍總站用地

擬議辦公室、商業及零售發展並放寬建築物高度限制 (申請編號: A/K20/133)

9月28日至10月6日我們就以上題目,進行了公眾諮詢,並共有143人提交了回覆。

大部分受訪者表示反對放寬建築物高度限制,擔心會令空氣不流通,加劇城市熱島效應,影響日光和視覺效果。

請在10月9日之前向城市規劃委員會發表意見,或加入條件限制。你的意見可能會影響最終建築設計,從而改善社區發展。

  1. 62.94% of the respondents objected to the reflective exterior glass surface as it creates a glare which impairs the enjoyment of neighboring residents including particularly The Waterfront and The Austin. The glare may also impact nearby traffic. Solar reflections also raise temperatures and may impact vegetation nearby. Concerns were expressed over energy consumption for air-conditioning. The design is deemed does not match with the surrounding buildings.
  1. 71.33% of respondents are concerned over traffic impacts along Nga Cheung Road, Jordan Road and Canton Road. The proposed scheme proposed no less than 550 parking spaces for private cars. With the increase in parking spaces here and the car park at To Wah Road together with other developments in the area as well as new road connections such as the Central Kowloon Route, it is unclear whether the traffic burden exceeds capacity. Traffic congestion (and associated blaring of car horns) is experienced often in the area including along Jordan Road.
  1. 70.63% of respondents are concerned over the relaxation of building heights and the close distance between The Waterfront and XRL topside development. Such building structure would disturb daylight access, visual quality and air ventilation to inner area in Jordan.
  1. 76.22% of people object to relaxing height limit as this will set a bad precedent for nearby sites including future buildings at the WKCD. This application will set a precedent for others to change height restrictions. Respondents wonder if there is any justification of relaxing height limit after developers won bids for a site. Moreover, there is no compensation for the losses suffered by nearby residents. The gain would be simply for the developer at the cost of the neighbours.
  1. Although it is claimed that the proposed design has better air ventilation than the original scheme, 71.33% of respondents are concerned over the impact of having less fresh air and that pollutants residue in the community. It must be noted that the developer has failed to meet and consult the neighbours on the proposed plans.
  1. 49.65% of the respondents are worried over food and beverage related noise control at site, and the absence of clear operating guidelines on the use of facilities and time control of activities at the catering and commercial facilities (64.34%).
  1. 81.82% of the respondents are concerning over delivery of the promised public space. The promised public spaces are absent from the land lease conditions and may not be delivered. As seen throughout Hong Kong, what is promised in terms of public gains including public space, accessibility, public recreation, alfresco dining, etc, fails to be delivered. What controls will be applied by the Town Planning Board to ensure promised made are delivered?
  1. 86.71% of the respondents are upset with the lack of consultation and the failure to present and discuss the plans with nearby residents. Residents received insufficient information regarding the revised plans. Public consultation should have been conducted to provide clear information and to gain a better understanding. Moreover, the developer should introduce and discuss the proposal with the District Council before the deadline for comments under the Town Planning Ordinance for the captioned application.
  1. In the survey conducted, there is a demand for assessment of sustainability performance in terms of creating a ‘public realm’ which delivers a holistic and positive impact for occupants and neighbours. Reference is made to HKGBC BEAM Plus Neighborhood. More than 70% of respondents suggest civic spaces to be used by non-profit organizations for community activities (76.92%), promoting gender equality by introducing ‘Gender Mainstreaming checklist’ into the design and construction of the development (70.63%), and by adopting pet-friendly (78.32%) and bicycle-friendly measures (77.62%) for the site as well as the connections with the West Kowloon Cultural District to Jordan, Yau Ma Tei and Tai Kwok Tsui.
  2. 93.01% of respondents support environmental protection initiatives, such as energy saving, water use and reuse, using recyclable building materials, installing waste management and treatment facilities, etc. To implement initiatives to improve energy efficiency, environmental performance and achieving Government’s energy saving plan by 2025, all new development should have set goal to achieve HKGBC Beam Plus.
28 September

Public Consultation for Topside Development on XRL 高鐵站上蓋發展意見調查

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Designing Hong Kong Public consultation

Designing Hong Kong and a few Yau Tsim Mong District Council members would like to collect your views on the topside development on XRL.

Sun Hung Kai Properties submitted a re-application of building’s design and structure (Application No. A/K20/133) under section 12 (a) of the Town Planning Ordinance. If you have any concerns, please take this chance to comment to the Town Planning Board by Oct 9th.  Your views may improve the final design of the development.

Click here for the submission to Town Planning Board (deadline on Oct 09)

Click here for Designing Hong Kong public consultation

Click here for Proposed Topside Development by Masterplan Limited

Click here for Paper of the proposed Topside Development

For enquiry, please contact us at [email protected]

高鐵站上蓋發展意見調查

創建香港和油尖旺區議會議員希望就高鐵站上蓋發展收集你的意見。

新鴻基地產根據《城市規劃條例》第12(a)條提交了建築物的設計和結構的申請(申請編號A / K20 / 133)。請在10月9日之前向城市規劃委員會發表意見,或加入條件限制。你的意見可能會影響最終建築設計,從而改善社區發展。

改劃申請書及文件:請按此

意見調查:請按此

領賢規劃顧問有限公司提供的簡報(只備英文版):請按此

擬議西九龍站上蓋發展會議文件(只備英文版):請按此

 

24 September

Shek O lovers’ bridge – Survey Result 石澳情人橋民意調查結果

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Final Q1

Thank you those who participated in our online survey!

A public opinion survey was conducted from 18-20 September 2020. More than 70% of the 813 respondents objected to steel railings and preferred a simple concrete bridge. 103 local Shek O residents voted, with 70 objecting to steel railings. Overall, only 21.3% of the respondents supported steel railing designs (option #2 or #3). However, 138 people offered suggestions explaining that they preferred:

  1. A design which blends in better with the natural environment by using a granite stone finishing or softening the blue colour;
  2. Widen the bridge and approach paths, and add space for safe gathering, photo taking;
  3. Enable any water to run off quickly and ensure a non-slippery bridge deck;
  4. Soft solar lights/ LED lights to ignite during nights;
  5. Improved signage about the bridge could be considered.

Other comments:

  • Enable people to put ‘lover locks’
  • Heart shape openings in the structure
  • Photo spots / observation areas (bridge is too narrow for photo taking)
  • Seating, shade and washroom in the vicinity
  • LED lighting to make it photogenic at night
  • Dim solar lights along the bridge and path
  • Railings to assist elderly to walk to and from the bridge
  • Graffiti wall
  • Signage with information about the history of ‘Shek O lovers’ bridge
  • A coin operated telescope

Other proposed options:

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    Option One: Concrete bridge (close to the original)

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    Option two: Steel Bridge

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    Option Three: More steel bridge

    感謝各位參與網上問卷調查,提供你們寶貴的意見!
    2020年9月18日至20日我們進行了一項民意調查。813名受訪者中有70%以上反對鋼欄杆,並傾向使用簡單的混凝土橋。 103位石澳居民投票,其中70位反對鋼欄杆。總體而言,只有21.3%的受訪者支持鋼欄杆設計(選項2或3)。138人提出寶貴的意見,希望混凝土設計的橋更有地道特色:
    1.使用花崗岩石或柔和藍色系,使設計更融合自然環境;
    2. 擴闊橋樑和出入口路徑,提供空間讓人聚集,和拍照相片;
    3. 設計應確保雨水能迅速流走,橋面亦要防滑;
    4. 選擇柔和的太陽能燈/ LED燈在夜間點亮;
    5. 考慮改善有關情人橋歷史由來的路牌和路標。

    其他建議:

    • 可掛情人鎖
    • 橋身加設心形開口設計
    • 攝影點/遊客觀光區(現時橋身太窄,無法拍照)
    • 情人橋附近增設座位,陰涼處和洗手間
    • LED照明方便夜間拍攝
    • 沿橋樑和路徑增設太陽能燈
    • 增設欄杆,方便老年人步行
    • 塗鴉牆,繪畫藝術
    • 標示有關石澳情人橋歷史的標牌
    • 投幣式望遠鏡
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      Samples suggested

8 July

Hong Kong Island Coastal Trail – Survey Result

Please give your input and tell us your comments here!
歡迎繼續參與網上問卷調查,向我們提供你們寶貴的意見!

Earlier this year, we proposed the idea of the Hong Kong Island Coastal Trail. Then, we suggested 18 proposals for improvement along the trail and asked public to comment. Today, we announce the survey results so far.
早前,我們提出港島環島徑的構想,然後我們提出了18個改善建議並開放讓大家投票。今日就讓我們發表初步的調查結果。

Respondents in a recent survey identified two more projects to improve the “Hong Kong Island Coastal Trail.” A wider pavement is needed at Deep Water Bay where people are forced onto the road, and respondents asked for the promised public access through the Central Military Dock when there is no vessel in town.
加上新增的建議,總共有20個改善建議去完善整條65公里長的「港島環島徑」。在之前的調查中,有超過1200 人表達了意見。每項建議都獲得最少接近80%的支持。

Besides the additional projects, valuable comments were given. While everyone agrees on connecting the different promenades, pavements and trails into a route close to the shore, some raised concerns over safeguarding the natural environment (minimizing concrete) and making sure that the route is safe for all.
除此之外,我們都收到很多寶貴的意見。絕大多數的受訪者都同意應該將現有的海濱連接起來,並將行人盡可能帶到海邊。部份受訪者就對保護自然環境(特別是減少使用混凝土等人工材料)及行人的安全表達關注。

Now the hard work starts. We have to convince the different Government departments to undertake the work required.
下一步,我們將會游說不同的政府部門去處理我們的建議。

Fore more detail 更詳細的結果:
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20 May

The Hong Kong Island Coastal Trail 港島環島徑

Please tell us your comments here! 快啲入黎做我們的網上問卷調查啦!

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We have surveyed a 65-kilometre hiking route as close as possible to the shores of Hong Kong Island. The plan for creating a “Hong Kong Island Coastal Trail” has been cooking for a while. Since 2002 we have advocated access along the waterfront of Victoria Harbour and works are proceeding. In 2010 we started to focus on linking Kennedy Town to Stanley, a route which was recently sign posted as the “Southern District Coastal Trail”. Last year we explored the links from Stanley to Chai Wan and onwards to Shau Kei Wan. During the survey we documented the sights and destinations, and identified improvements which can be made to bring the route closer to the shore.

Route

Leave from the Hong Kong Observation Wheel in Central and walk along the busy ferry piers via Shun Tak Centre along the shore to the Instagram Pier, the western cargo working area in Kennedy Town. Walk up along Victoria Road and down onto Sandy Bay rocky beach. Explore the dead end waterfront promenade along the HKU sports pitches before backtracking to the road to arrive at Cyberport Waterfront Park. From there walk up Cyberport Road and over Waterfall Bay down along the 1,000 statues at Wah Fu’s waterfront. After industrial Tin Wan wonder through the Aberdeen fish market and follow the promenade along Aberdeen’s colourful harbour. Use the pedestrian footbridge over the Heung Yip Road nullah to connect to Wong Chuk Hang Station and Ocean Park. From there find Mills & Chung Path to the beaches of Deep Water Bay and Repulse Bay. Opposite South Bay Road number 18 walk up the trail over to Stanley.  After Stanley find the Stanley East Catch Water by going up the stairs at the Stanley Mound Fresh Water Pumping Station to walk to Tai Tam. Go down along the bottom of the Tai Tam dam and up Hong Kong Trail Section 7 to the long set of stairs from To Tei Wan up to Shek O Road and the start of the Dragon’s Back trail. Here are three choices: Go up Dragon’s Back, take a bus to Shek O, or walk to Cape D’Aguilar Road and boulder down the rock stream onto Shek O beach. From Big Wave Bay there is a well-trodden route over Cape Collinson to Siu Sai Wan promenade. After the industrial waterfront of Chai Wan you reach Heng Fa Chuen’s tree lined waterfront. For now, walk up Shing Tai Road and find the informal trail along the south of the highway to get to Shau Kei Wan. From there the Quarry Bay Park and promenade take you to North Point. Make your way onwards to the Causeway Bay typhoon shelter and the Wanchai waterfront where waterfront works are in progress. From the Convention Centre you can get back to the ferris wheel to complete the 65km Hong Kong Island Coastal Trail.

 

To learn more about our survey, click here. Please let us know if you have any comments as well!

 

從2002年起,創建香港一直提倡讓市民可以接近維港的岸邊。在2010年,我們開始研究由堅尼地城步行到赤柱的可能性,當中一部份已經成為了現時的「南區海濱長廊」。在2019年,我們開始探索赤柱步行到柴灣的可能性,並進一步延伸到筲箕灣。我們沿途紀錄了不同的景點,並找出了多個需要改善的地方,盡可能將人帶近到岸邊。這條65公里長的「港島環島徑」就逐漸成形。

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從中環犘天輪出發,經過中環碼頭和信德中心就到達西區公眾貨物裝卸區,亦即是聞名的「Instagram Pier」。向西面走,經過堅尼地城到達域多利道,再緩緩走下大口環的小石灘。跟著香港大學運動中心旁的海堤一直走,便要回到碼路並到達數碼港海濱長廊。經過數碼港道就會找到了瀑布灣,然過穿過華富海傍的千尊神像,再路過田灣的工廠,眼前就是香港仔漁市場和避風塘。沿著香葉路一直走到黃竹坑和海洋公園,從這裡可以找到苗鍾徑並一路沿岸邊走到深水灣咎淺水灣,穿過南灣道 18 號對面行山徑就可以到達赤柱。經過赤柱後,在赤柱崗抽水站的梯級拾級而上就到達赤柱東引水道,繼續走便會到達大潭。往下走到大潭堤壩的壩底,再接駁到港島徑第七段,就會到達土地灣。在土地灣可以選擇走上龍脊,乘巴士到石澳,或者走到鶴咀再沿石澗前往石澳泳灘。走到大浪灣,沿歌連臣角到小西灣海濱,經過柴灣工業區、杏花邨的樹蔭海濱,再經盛達路公路右旁的非官方路徑就能到達筲箕灣。筲箕灣海濱一直連接到鰂魚涌,並延伸到北角。繼續走到銅鑼灣避風塘,穿過灣仔和會展海濱,再走不久,就回到我們的起點 — 中環摩天輪。

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