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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 10:16 am 
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The tourists last Sunday didn't wait for the Bike Park, err, sorry, CPA - Cycle Parking Area, to open, occupying it cheerfully.
Witness the new Yung Shue Wan hangout/meeting spot, luggage storage area and, best of all, new children playground! Yay!

Finally, one of our many ideas what to do with the unopened Bike Park has been realised!
(Sorry for the lousy smartphone pic, I was rushing to the ferry, bike-less this time, awaiting the Govt.'s internal liability struggles to end and the Park to open.)

If you were also wondering about the 5 lamp poles and their protectors in there...

Plus even more discussions on the Bike Park status...


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2015 8:04 am 
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HK Free Press:
Lamma Island residents furious over 'ghost' bike park

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2015 9:56 pm 
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So the powers that be have now officially closed off the area so even the visitors can't enjoy it. It's all but locked down and bolted.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2015 10:07 pm 
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Boss wrote:
So the powers that be have now officially closed off the area so even the visitors can't enjoy it. It's all but locked down and bolted.

Well, it's a concrete slab. Not a lot to enjoy.
At least they've opened the access to the library and fishing village.

Anyway, I did a count of the parking hoops.


There are four lines of 24, two of 23, one of 6.
Total 148.

At 100% capacity (practically impossible), that accommodates 296 bikes.
They told us it would accommodate 360. Well, so much for that.

When I counted the bikes parked on the pier last year, (more than the government ever bothered to do) there were about 430 on weekdays.
So ... if officially opened and they try to stop people parking along the pier, there are at least 130 people who will not be able to park their bike legally. And their bikes will be at risk of confiscation and destruction if they park anywhere else.

Never fear! YLF will apply for another $20 million to extend the platform.
Should be finished around 2025.


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The lampposts are well protected. That's positive.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 7:27 am 
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That's the first positive comment we've heard in some time!
Rambler, the Eternal Optimist?

As the Bike Park might not be used for the foreseeable future, maybe we get some birds posing or even nesting on the lamppost protectors? . ;~}

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2015 12:33 am 
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Rejoice!
The CPA is open today.


No ceremony, still no idea who is responsible for it.
I'm sure the recent media interest in the "ghost bike park", (not just the HKFP, but RTHK too) reporters asking questions of government departments and YLF last week was entirely coincidental and it was always planned to open without fanfare today.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2015 2:11 pm 
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BIKE PARK OPENING Last Friday, July 17, 2015!

News from our District Councillor, Yu Lai Fan:
温馨提示:本人不斷追…快開放單車停泊處給居民使用!今日運輸署通知,明天將圍欄移開,南丫島榕樹灣單車停泊處可供居民使用。
Google translation, cleaned up:
"Note: Cycle park for residents to use! Notice from the Transport Department today (Thu, June 16, 2015): The fences will be removed tomorrow. Yung Shue Wan bicycle parking available for residents use."


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Latest official info from Rural Committee:

=> NO opening ceremony!

=> Clearing the bicycles off the ferry pier: no schedule now, but will happen later.

=> Transport Dept. will be responsible for operation and maintenance.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2015 11:28 pm 
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Vicky Wong, the journalist for Hong Kong Free Press, hongkongFP.com, got a response on the total cost:


Islands District Council wrote:
The construction of a cycle parking area near Yung Shue Wan Ferry Pier on Lamma Island ("the CPA") was first proposed in 2003 in response to concerns about public safety arising from the large number of illegally parked bicycles outside the Pier, particularly when emergency vehicles had to pass through right before or after ferry berthing. After years of deliberation and preparation, the project was gazetted under the Roads (Works, Use and Compensation) Ordinance ("the Ordinance") in January 2012 and the Chief Executive in Council authorized the project in February 2013. Subsequently, the Civil Engineering and Development Department invited tenders in October 2013 from contractors on the List of Approved Contractors for Public Works in Group B of the Port Works Category. The Public Works Tender Board subsequently approved the recommended contractor and the awarded contract sum was $24.8 million.

The construction works began in early 2014 and was completed in June 2015. The CPA, managed by the Transport Department, is opened for use on 17 July 2015. Relevant departments will monitor the situation of cycle parking in the area after opening of the CPA.


$24.8 million / 296 places = $83,787 for each space.


Add in all the manhours CEDD and Home Affairs spent on it, and it's probably well over $100,000.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 9:54 am 
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And the Government can't provide assisted housing for those in dire need.....


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 3:24 pm 
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First days of the $24.8 million bike park, quite a few cyclists have started using it, but still a minority.

Expect some enforcement action to start in the not-too-distant future:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2418687010/permalink/10152989468332011/

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 5:13 pm 
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Lamma-Gung wrote:
First days of the $24.8 million bike park, quite a few cyclists have started using it, but still a minority.


20-30 bikes, about 10% capacity, yesterday.

When they really ban parking on the pier, we'll need to use the CPA at 150% capacity.
No problem. We can just stack the bikes on top of each other.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 12:26 pm 
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The long-expected clearance of the YSW ferry pier:
this Thu 10:30am!


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wrong attachment ??? April 2008 ???


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Oooops! Sorry!

I've been doing this website for too long, I have an archive of ferry pier clearance notices...

Here's the correct one:


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That's interesting. Is there enough room in the bike park for all those bikes?!


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pstuckings wrote:
That's interesting. Is there enough room in the bike park for all those bikes?!


Last year I counted the bikes on the pier a few times.
There were 430 or more on weekdays.
There are slots for 296 on the CPA.

Some of those were obviously abandoned, but most were in use, if not daily, as the government would clear and destroy unclaimed bikes every year or so.

On other bike clearances, people just left their bikes at home, or parked nearby. So we can manage for one day.
If they enforce it every day, they can confiscate and destroy bikes parked on the pier until the remainder fit.
Problem solved!


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In-depth story by Mo Tat Wan's Damon Wong of Inmedia, a Lamma District Councilor candidate 3 years ago:

http://www.inmediahk.net/node/1036607

Trying to Google-translate the article. The headline:

"Yung Shue Wan Pier channel on Thursday to clean up cycling force field with expensive bikes"

Wow, a cycling force field on the pier channel, to be cleaned up with expensive bikes! I got to be there to witness that!

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2015 11:16 am 
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Google-translation. You'll get the gist:

(Independent special media reports) cost $ 240 million and the cost of each bicycle berth up to 8 million bicycles field Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island, at the official opening on July 28, the utilization rate of about five percent, some still choose to parked bicycles Yung Shue Wan pier on the channel. The government recently issued a circular on August 13日represents (星期四) to clean up cycling action, estimated the confiscated motorcycles will be directly crushing.

Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island cycling field at a cost of 24 million, when the budget was only 15 million, cost overruns of 60%, the cost of each bicycle berth up to 8 million. Cycling field works for District Councillors YU Lai - fan for many years when the grounds for the dock doors were full cycling make obstruction. Government departments have been regularly cited "﹝ Miscellaneous Provisions Ordinance ﹞ land" confiscated bicycle path on an operation in 2012, about 50 bicycles were sent to the island dumpster immediate crushing , including at least two brand new motorcycles.

The most recent departmental joint clean-up operations will be conducted on August 13, circulars issued by the District Lands Office, Food and Environmental Department, the Police and the District Office on August 7, said that the opening of illegally parked on the pier cycling and debris blocking the way people and walkways, bicycle instead called on islanders to parked bicycles field. While the longer this time of notice, but a time when summer vacation, some travel Islanders and self-removal or cycling.

After the cycling field enabled, many islanders have changed parked bicycle field, but only one-way entrance because cycling field, located in the parking position than the position after less islanders use. Yung Shue Wan pier moored on the bicycle path has been drastically reduced in the cycling field enabled, even on a bicycle path also mostly placed on the front railing, reduce congestion.

Controversy continues to build bike field for many years, before the publication roll, Living Lamma Lamma resident associations had recommended instead parked bicycle parking in Yung Shue Wan Post Office on the location of the platform. Cycling field and Yung Shue Wan Main Street in parallel, allowing residents parked along the traffic. The organization also proposed to broaden the dock opening, installing single-frame extension and other projects, but not accepted.

The Administration has been planned in Yung Shue Wan Reclamation, the first phase of the project has already been completed, the second phase of the project extends from dock doors throughout Yung Shue Wan, Yung Shue Wan Main Street for the same reason for the blockage, and one in the construction shall be reclaimed waterfront emergency aisle.

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