What is Walkable?
IntroductionWalking is a form of sustainable urban mobility that could provide transport, social, environmental and economic benefits. The World Health Organisation also recommended walking as an activity that can improve people's physical and mental health. Many cities like London, Sydney, Paris and Seoul are also working on how to enhance their walkability and to encourage their citizens to walk.
Our proposalsWith consideration of the public's views on how to enhance walkability of Hong Kong and reference to overseas exemplars, we devised a walkability strategy for achieving "Walkable HK" and the conceptual pedestrian plans for the two pilot areas of the study. Details can be found on the Public Engagement Digest.
Walkable Places and Concepts in Hong Kong
Why should we carry out trial for low speed limit zone?We suggest carrying out a trial on low speed limit zone of 30km/h in Sham Shui Po pilot area. This trial aims to raise awareness of the public (including pedestrian and drivers) that low speed limit could improve walkability in the area and it has only slight influence on the traffic. Cities such as London, Amsterdam, Paris, New York and Sydney had been implementing this measure in large scale, which highly improve their walkability and road safety.
Pedestrian StreetThere are areas where there are often pedestrian and vehicular conflicts arising due to lack of pedestrian space to cater for the demand, leading to pedestrians walking on the road. We propose to set up part-time pedestrian streets in these areas to improve the safety and comfort of the pedestrians.
Old Wan Chai Revitalisation – Starstreet PrecinctWan Chai is one of the earliest settlements in Hong Kong, and still possesses heritage and buildings of different periods. In response to the CE's 2007 Policy Address to promote local characteristics and the conservation of heritage buildings, the Government has established the Old Wan Chai Revitalisation Initiatives Special Committee (OWRISC), to propose various revitalisation initiatives. The OWRISC comprises Wan Chai District Council members, professionals and historians, with the Urban Renewal Authority as the secretariat.