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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2015 4:49 pm 
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Thursday morning might be another field day for HK Media at the YSW ferry pier. Reporters are circling overhead for a potentially juicy story. See this WhatsApp I just received from Headline Daily:

"Halo Lamma Gung,
my name is Hei and I'm a reporter of Headline Daily. For the government's plan on clearance of bicycles parked at the catwalk of Yung Shue Wan Ferry Pier, we would like to ask you a few questions:

1. How the local community see the newly-constructed bicycle parking area near YSW pier? Is it friendly to be used and could you please provide the general number of residents who have used the parking area everyday?

2. As we know, there are roughly 400 or more bicycles parked at the catwalk now, while the new parking area could only provide 296 parking lots, will the government's clearance operation on this Thursday cause chaos and inconvenience to local residents, like, some of them may be forced to park their vehicles afar?

3. Government claims that the operation is to maintain the passage clear and safe, but it is not the first time for the government to take such action, in your opinion, why the operations or actions taken in the past couldn't improve the situation and what makes the government think that this time they can? Hope our inquiries won't bother you too much...

Thank you! Hei Reporter, local news Headline Daily"


Anybody want to answer this reporter? Alan? ;-)

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 8:27 pm 
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So yet another bike clearance.
Yu Lai Fan was there with a crack team of FEHD workers (who did the dirty work), bureaucrats (who walked around and took photos) and cops, who were ready to quell any resistance.

They cut the locks on all the bikes along the pier, loaded them up on a VV and took them away. Most likely to the bicycle graveyard next to the reservoir. I think there were 4 loads, maybe 60 or more bikes.

About half were truly junk, 1/4 to 1/3 in decent shape and probably will be missed by their owners, the rest been there a while but still usable. And at least two as-new kids' bikes parked up near the hotel end.

Meanwhile, the CPA had its busiest day. There were 211 bikes and scooters parked there.
The question is what happens tomorrow, when people park their bikes along the railings as at least some surely will.

There are no signs prohibiting bike parking, so they would have to go through the same formalities of attaching "illegal occupation" warning notices on them and then come back to remove them. That seems unlikely, I don't think all these bureaucrats want to do that every day.

But the dickheads who double park and leave their bikes close to the gate are the last people who will use the CPA unless forced to.

Well, YLF counts it as a victory. She was preening herself on the pier with her entourage. Another part of our harbour concreted. $24 million flushed away. Rejoice.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2015 8:07 am 
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Thank you for this comprehensive, informative reporting and fine photos!

My own photo gallery should be ready later today...

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First stories from the many reporters who were at the ferry pier yesterday, all of them eager to interview Chairman Chan and Lammadonna:

http://hd.stheadline.com/news/daily/hk/363135/

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2015 12:47 pm 
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Lamma-Gung wrote:
First stories from the many reporters who were at the ferry pier yesterday, all of them eager to interview Chairman Chan and Lammadonna:

http://hd.stheadline.com/news/daily/hk/363135/



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Yung Shue Wan Pier promenade at the end of the newly built cycling berth earlier on, inter-departmental personnel sent yesterday morning, the original bicycle parked on both sides of the pier clear away, residents on both sides of the pier to support clean-up bike that cleanup After the very smooth, there are the Islands District Lands Department's proposed enforcement, the next two weeks continued to clean up cycling, bicycle chaotic situation in order to avoid relapse poise.

Islands District Office and the Police Department in conjunction with the department yesterday, half past ten to start cleaning up cycling and trolleys Yung Shue Wan pier promenade on both sides were clear to go about forty bicycle racks and trolleys, cleaning up after, marina promenade unimpeded . Islands District Council YU Lai - fan said bicycle parked on a public pier will hinder traffic, impede ambulances and fire engines out of the past, but also received many complaints from residents on both sides of the promenade parked bicycle too much. Islands District Council and Chairman of Lamma Island North Rural Committee 陈连伟 is recommended that the Lands Department to step up enforcement, the next two weeks has continued to clean up cycling, in order to avoid relapse. Some residents said the support to clean up cycling corridor, saying too many vehicles on weekdays, in case the Master more boats up and down, the whole road was also blocked inconvenience.

The new berth narrow channel

The new cycle parking areas there are one hundred twenty-eight bar, about three hundred and ten bicycles can be parked. This reporter visited found yesterday morning about two hundred bicycle parking in the new cycle parking areas, narrow passageways and close to the promenade side of the park in a more intensive, fundamental one rod lock twenty-three bicycle, the back side is relatively sparse mostly a lever lock a bicycle, as well as several empty bar.

Still, residents of discontent new cycle parking areas, residents Kwong Miss (thirty-two) that the access is very inconvenient, and too dense, the channel does not have enough space for bicycle traffic. Residents on Lamma Island lived for many years Fred (46 years old) also said that the new bicycle parking at the poorly designed and too small, inconvenient.




"Islands District Lands Department's proposed enforcement, the next two weeks continued to clean up cycling, bicycle chaotic situation in order to avoid relapse poise."
That sounds like fun. But as above, how can it be done? They're going to just steal and destroy more bikes without any pretext of following the law?

"YU Lai - fan said bicycle parked on a public pier will hinder traffic, impede ambulances and fire engines out of the past"
Untrue. But no one ever asks her to substantiate this.
It's the same excuse she will use to force through the complete harbour reclamation.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2015 3:10 pm 
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User feedback on the new YSW Bike Park, positive and negative:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2418687010/permalink/10153049103392011/

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2015 10:25 pm 
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I'm quite surprised, still seen no bikes parked on the pier railings.
There isn't any new sign, but people feel an implied threat of having their bike seized. I'm afraid to park there myself now.
And the bike park itself is overflowing, a dozen parked along the railings of the CPA and a few in the library area.

As above, its at least 50% too small for the residents who need to use it.


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Anyone volunteer to put some old rust monster up there and see what happens? Or could get one or two from the Bike Graveyard and try that.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 9:57 am 
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 4:51 pm 
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Scroat wrote:
Anyone volunteer to put some old rust monster up there and see what happens? Or could get one or two from the Bike Graveyard and try that.


Good idea, maybe I'll give it a try later. Would need a lock though to make it a challenge, and that's worth more than the bike.


I went to HK today midday. Didn't have time to count the bikes at the CPA, but there were over 20 locked to the railings, and at least another dozen double or triple parked beside other bikes. So already at over capacity.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2015 7:59 pm 
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Was at the pier at 5pm today. Total 326 bikes parked at CPA, including about 50 that couldn't find slots and were parked against the railings, or just standing up at the back or in the library area. Also a bunch of shopping trolleys, scooters, etc.

My wife commutes daily and is getting annoyed trying to get her bike in and out -- she has parked on the pier railings a few times rather than try to get into the CPA. Unprompted by me, she has little time for my activism.

PS. She told me there was a "illegal occupation" notice attached to her bike today (Friday 28th), and several others who had also parked on the railings. She threw it away.
As long as you don't leave it there more than 48 hours they can't legally take it. Though I wouldn't feel real secure about them following the letter of the law.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 3:56 pm 
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I try not to get angry at this, but the stupidity keeps escalating.

Today I noticed notices stapled to bikes, not just one parked on the pier railings, but also those on the railings INSIDE THE BIKE PARK!, and ones up Main Street, parked near the Sampan Restaurant, and even in the area by the nullah next to the public toilets, 150 metres from the pier, where they are bothering no one at all. People probably park there to avoid squeezing through crowds in the bottleneck between there and the pier.

These aren't official notices, as issued by the Lands Dept when they tell you they're going to steal your bike.
Whoever it is failed to sign their name or state what authority they have, but I can't think of anyone who would have put these up except Yu Lai Fan.
These anonymous "reminders" are not at all "friendly". The Or Else is unstated but implied.

So YLF and her cronies still insist that 450 bikes must all be parked in an area with space for 298.

Well, as CY is known as 689, maybe we should start calling YLF 298.


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All these bikes above, ferry pier to Public Toilet, plus all along the railing of the Bike Park will be cleared away next Thu:


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2015 1:42 am 
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Lamma-Gung wrote:
All these bikes above, ferry pier to Public Toilet, plus all along the railing of the Bike Park will be cleared away next Thu:


That's just complete malice.
Nobody is parking on the pier now.
There is no obstruction of anyone.
The "emergency vehicles" excuse is just completely bogus.

YLF's policy amounts to repeatedly confiscating and destroying bikes until the remainder is less than her 298 spaces.

THERE IS NOT ENOUGH FUCKING ROOM FOR EVERYONE TO PARK IN THE FUCKING CPA.
IT IS PHYSICALLY FUCKING IMPOSSIBLE.


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Maybe as many of us as possible should express these sentiments to the stooges doing the enforcement next Thursday.


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Alan wrote:
Lamma-Gung wrote:
All these bikes above, ferry pier to Public Toilet, plus all along the railing of the Bike Park will be cleared away next Thu:

THERE IS NOT ENOUGH FUCKING ROOM FOR EVERYONE TO PARK

I know right.
When I take the car out to Shek-O at the weekend and it's packed so I park on the pavement. And then it gets towed. WTF...
Can't wait for them to concrete over the beach so I've got somewhere to park.


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This is a crazy situation there is simply not enough places to park the bikes. Yes do talk to the guys doing the clearance and make it know if you are unhappy. But the only way to get things changed is to pester 1823 with complaints and photos. They get daily photos from me if I return in daylight hours. If just twenty people did this they would be sick to death as they have to reply to every enquiry. Swamp 1823 complaint service and things will change. I am afraid just posting on a forum while raising our community awareness does not really make the government change things. If you have a child who got very upset about the polite notice pinned to their bike this is always a good angle to take. Please phone 1823 or email them . We have paid enough for this already and after all the cost we end up suffering.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2015 2:00 pm 
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lamma air wrote:
I am afraid just posting on a forum while raising our community awareness does not really make the government change things.


I hope that 1823 does draw a more appropriate response than the usual "Shut up gweilo troublemakers", but I and others did a lot more than "just posting on a forum".

For about the last 5 years I have been writing letters and going to meetings with the government departments responsible for this farce, all the way up to the ombudsman and the CE's office, telling them this was going to happen, asking them to design something that that would work, and they blew us off every time. Hundreds of objection letters were sent. All ignored.

Now they've pissed away $24 million, they are even less likely to admit any mistake.

But now we have concrete (sorry) evidence of how fucked up this, maybe that is less easy to ignore.


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Alan wrote:
lamma air wrote:
I am afraid just posting on a forum while raising our community awareness does not really make the government change things.


I hope that 1823 does draw a more appropriate response than the usual "Shut up gweilo troublemakers", but I and others did a lot more than "just posting on a forum".

For about the last 5 years I have been writing letters and going to meetings with the government departments responsible for this farce, all the way up to the ombudsman and the CE's office, telling them this was going to happen, asking them to design something that that would work, and they blew us off every time. Hundreds of objection letters were sent. All ignored.

Now they've pissed away $24 million, they are even less likely to admit any mistake.

But now we have concrete (sorry) evidence of how fucked up this, maybe that is less easy to ignore.


Know what you mean Alan, waiting for the 1823 reply but do not hold out much hope on this It needs as many people as possible to do what you are doing. If you look at mainland China somethings do change but only after there is a mass, very public and after a few months to save face. I think this explain the why a minority of mainlad toursits are rather pushy when complaing and do it in numbers. Cannot believe the cost and it has made tings worse not better, I also wonder how much money the construction company made builidng the stupid thing.


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