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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2004 10:13 am 
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The Lamma Area Committee have decided to get rid of the junk locked to the rails on the ferry pier and the promenade all the way back to the library.
The clearance is scheduled for "the morning of 28 August 2004 (Saturday)".


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 Post subject: Ferry Pier Clearance
PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2004 1:44 pm 
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Here's the map going along with the notice. Save all your bikes & stuff from the ENTIRE ferry pier by next week's Friday night, Aug 27, otherwise you'll lose them forever. The police and Food and Environmental Hygiene Dept. won't return anything removed on Sat morning, Aug 28!


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Maybe you could get it first and sell it on Lamma.com, Alex.

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Sorry, I don't sell junk.
I read today that people dismount steel stuff from public toilets for the metal scap value. Might be a business opportunity for you to trade in used bikes & trolleys.


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Another bike clearance operation, starting Wed morning, but under the covered area only. There, the obstructions have really become unacceptable recently, blocking most of the already narrow space for pedestrians.

Save your bikes from that area, as they're usually most efficient in cleaning up, probably starting at 8am on Wed morning. Within a few minutes all bikes will be gone and confiscated.

They can be reclaimed later, but it's troublesome and a charge might be involved? Anybody got experience with that?

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But Thursdays are OK?

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Yes, on Thursday morning you can put your bike back there, as most people will probably do.

But don't forget to remove it on Thursday evening, as they'll have another clearing operation on Friday morning. The cat and mouse game continues...

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What's up with the big operation on clearing bikes? They did that a couple of months ago and look what happened; a collective finger raised to the authorities and the bikes returned to where they were removed. C'mon 'Lamma's finest' show a bit of mettle!

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Down the deli wrote:
What's up with the big operation on clearing bikes? They did that a couple of months ago and look what happened; a collective finger raised to the authorities and the bikes returned to where they were removed


They don't actually have a "no bicycle parking" sign on the pier. Just a rather obscure notice about "illegal occupation of government land", which isn't obvious refers to parking bikes for a few hours. The problem is that there isn't any legal parking for bikes at all, especially on the pier where it's most needed. So strict application of the law isn't practical. Millions for constructing roads for a dozen VVs, zero for bikes used by half the population.


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Rarely ever have you seen the ferry pier so clean and not a single bicycle left under the covered area at the end of the pier! Finally, people can walk to and from the ferry unobstructed through that very narrow area.

One more clearing of bikes in the covered area tomorrow morning and then it'll be back to normal, I'm afraid.

The usual second phase - clearing bikes all along the ferry pier, where they don't obstruct anybody, will probably soon follow again...


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Most people can already walk unobstructed to and from the ferry through that "very narrow area" :? .

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Yes, now they can...

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Why are there so many bikes? Fair enough if you live in Hung Shing Yeah but for the rest of us we should use the bloody pins that god gave to us. And another thing, whoever nicked my bike last year better return it or else.

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Notice submitted by Lammadonna's office.

One of the occasional bike & trolley clearings on YSW Ferry Pier this Friday, Nov 26, 2010. Don't leave your bikes & trolleys at the ferry pier on Friday.

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Is everybody sure this is just a regular old bike/rusty trolley clearance? I asked the guys putting the notices on every bike the other day - "Is this the usual clear out of old stuff?" Yes - "And then, next week on Monday we can park our bikes here again?" To which they laughed and said "no, you must make private arrangements". To clarify, I asked another guy on the same project and the response was exactly the same - private arrangement......... so is it a regular clear out or could it be the first step in justifying the (not) need for reclamation near the library to create an official 'bike park'?


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Is everybody sure this is just a regular old bike/rusty trolley clearance? I asked the guys putting the notices on every bike the other day - "Is this the usual clear out of old stuff?" Yes - "And then, next week on Monday we can park our bikes here again?" To which they laughed and said "no, you must make private arrangements". To clarify, I asked another guy on the same project and the response was exactly the same - private arrangement......... so is it a regular clear out or could it be the first step in justifying the (not) need for reclamation near the library to create an official 'bike park'?


That would be pretty draconian, and very unpopular.

250 people park their bikes on the pier now. There isn't one single public legal bike parking area in the whole of Lamma as an alternative.

Even if the government decided to go ahead with the platform parking area tomorrow (and they are still slowly grinding through the approval/design process), it would be a couple of years before it was finished.

In theory, all parking on the pier now is illegal -- the government ignores it most of the time, but occasionally, like now, they do a clean up and poster all bikes on the pier to get rid of abandoned bikes -- the bent frames, flat tyres and rusted solid chains are a giveaway.

All over Hong Kong they do it this way.
Possibly the staff just didn't want to be seen as giving permission.


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Looks like they are serious this morning, with police stationed at the end of the pier warning people not to park their bikes there


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Good thing I got my bike home last night.
These days I only ever ride my bike to the pier if I'm too late for walking there.

Still trying to find out what will happen to the confiscated bikes and trolleys this time and how to get them returned. Quite a few people will probably have missed the warning notices on their bikes and on this website.
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"250 people park their bikes on the pier now. There isn't one single public legal bike parking area in the whole of Lamma as an alternative. "


That's my other point - if you can't park on the pier then technically you can't park anywhere, so down the road and through the village is just as illegal and possibly more of a nuisance for more people. Agree that the stock response combined with a laugh is likely the official line so as not to be seen to give permission. We shall see ...........................


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Lamma-Gung wrote:
Still trying to find out what will happen to the confiscated bikes and trolleys this time and how to get them returned. Quite a few people will probably have missed the warning notices on their bikes and on this website.
Anybody know?


I recall a few years ago seeing all the bikes that had been confiscated piled up on one of the empy lots near the waste station on the new reclamation. They were just left to rust away for months.

There was a story in the SCMP a few months ago about government auctions where they sold confiscated bikes in lots. They went for almost nothing, as scrap metal.

To get them back through official channels would be almost impossible, I think, and involve paying a fine more than the value of most bikes.

I just had a look at the pier; there's about 20 bikes there now. Half junk, but half obviously in use,and a couple of high end expensive ones.

But no notices that I could see.

Puzzling -- if the clearance has been done, as the lack of notices implies, the junkers at least should be gone.


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