Cycling is a great way to enjoy Hong Kong – you will become fit and healthy. As a bonus, you will get to see the natural beauty all around us. This article provides information on cycling in both the urban and rural areas of Hong Kong, organised cycling activities and competitive cycling if you are more keen than most to be on two wheels.
Why Cycling in Hong Kong?
Aside from the health benefits and fun of cycling in Hong Kong, cycling does not pollute, thus keeps the air clean. So why not cycle as a means of transport for short-distance travel? The Government is developing a 60 km cycling track to link Ma On Shan and Tuen Mun. In particular, the first section, from Ma On Shan to Sheung Shui, will be completed in early 2013. It will provide a safe passage for cyclists to travel across most of the New Territories upon completion.
The Cycling Information Centre (CIC) (pilot website) provides a full range of information related to cycling in Hong Kong, such as locations of cycling tracks and parking sites, applicable traffic signs, cycling regulations, etc. Check out the link below for more information.
- More about CIChttp://www.td.gov.hk/mini_site/cic/en/index.html
Safety when Cycling
Currently, many cycling trips are made each day, mainly in the less congested New Territories and outlying islands. The accident rate is low, but taking precautions is always wise.
Aside from the basic riding skills of moving off, slowing down and progressive braking, you should:
- practise emergency braking in a safe area.
- wear safety helmets and protective pads.
- ride on cycle tracks whenever possible and avoid riding on the carriageways.
- use the correct signals when changing directions.
Before moving off, stopping and turning left or right, you should:
When cycling on roads, you need to observe the traffic rules that are applicable to drivers. Besides, there are some regulations and rules that are particularly applicable to cyclists in order to enhance cycling safety and avoid traffic accidents. Please check out the Safe Cycling Tips listed on the CIC.
Safe Cycling Tipshttp://www.td.gov.hk/mini_site/cic/en/safe-cycling/cycling-rules.html
For more information, you can visit the webpage for cycling safety from the Transport Department.
Safety Requirements in Country Parks
When riding a mountain bike in a country park, you are required to hold a permit and comply with the following safety requirements:
- Always wear a helmet that complies with the ANSI standard or equivalent.
- Wear a colourful jersey and a pair of proper, reflective shoes to alert hikers and other country park visitors from a distance.
- Ride a sturdily built bicycle with effective brakes.
- Ride a bicycle with a horn or bell.
- The width of your bicycle’s tires must be at least 4.5 cm (1.75 inches).
- More on requirements for mountain biking in country parkshttp://www.afcd.gov.hk/english/country/cou_vis/cou_vis_mou/cou_vis_mou.html
Whether in urban areas or in the countryside, there are always some nice places for you to cycle safely and out of the traffic. Urban cycling tracks and grounds are available in 10 districts for safe recreational riding.
- List of cycling tracks and groundshttp://www.lcsd.gov.hk/lsb/en/districts.php?ftid=17
There is also a cycling track around Tolo Harbour in the New Territories.
- Tolo Harbour cycling trackhttp://www.gohk.gov.hk/eng/welcome/tp_spots.html?spots=7
If mountain biking is more appealing to your adventurous side, you can experience the mountain bike trails in 10 country parks after you obtain a permit.
- List of mountain bike trails in country parkshttp://www.afcd.gov.hk/english/country/cou_vis/cou_vis_mou/cou_vis_mou_mou/cou_vis_mou_mou.html
One of the most popular cycling activities is the Hong Kong Biking Tour, supported by the Tourism Board and organised by the International Cyclists to Asia. Held twice a week every year in the cooler months of autumn, the tour covers the northwest New Territories, including the Hong Kong Wetland Park, and is offered in short and long versions.
Further information on the tour is available on the Hong Kong Tourism Board website.
- Hong Kong Biking Tourhttp://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/see-do/tours-walks/guided-tours/nature/hong-kong-biking-tour.jsp
If you are interested in cycling more as a competitive sport than a leisure or recreational activity, Hong Kong still has a lot to offer. The Hong Kong Cycling Association, subvented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, organises all forms of competitive cycling. Activities include road racing, track racing, BMX racing, artistic indoor cycling and cycle ball. In recent years the Association has branched out into mountain bike racing and youth and children’s racing.
- Hong Kong Cycling Association (Available in Chinese only)http://www.cycling.org.hk/
For those captivated by professional racing, the Tour of Hong Kong Shanghai is guaranteed to please. Held from 2006-2008, the Tour’s aim is to be the Asian equivalent of the Tour de France. A seven-day race over seven stages between Hong Kong and Shanghai, the Tour also takes in Jiangxi, Zhejiang and Jiangsu. Further information on this Union Cycliste Internationale sanctioned event is available on the Hong Kong Cycling Association website.
- Tour of Hong Kong Shanghaihttp://www.mevents.org.hk/en/events_cycling.php#history
Last review date: July 2012