Category Archives: Sustainability

HK Lamma Island: bike parking

When visiting Lamma Island, the first thing you see on leaving the ferry terminal is rows of bikes chained to the railings on both sides of the pier to the town. This has been an issue for the Hong Kong Government, who say ‘for many years … the pier channel was full of bicycles blocking the passage’. In the past (2012), they gathered the bikes up and demolished them at the island’s refuse dump, ‘including at least two new bikes’. When I visited the island in May 2015 the bikes were back in great numbers; someone had counted over 400 on a week day. (Reference Building the “Cycle Parking Platform“)

The Government’s solution was to build a very expensive bike park next to the pier, which was complete when I visited again in June 2015, but was not being used foe pibe parking, for unexplained reasons. But was being used as play area for children.

 

I visited again in Nov 2018 (second photo above); now the bike park is overflowing, and bikes are again taking the space along the pier railing. The above photo shows it’s not back to the same level as in 2015, but coming out of the ferry terminal I do get the feeling the extra bike parking has encouraged more people to bike, as my most recent photo from Nov 2018 below shows.

 

 

The last Apple tree

‘The trees to be removed are seven ash trees and one apple, on the eastern side of the road near Hamilton District Court’ Link 

Hamilton city council reason for Apple tree removal. (from email 19 Sep)

 “The Apple tree was removed due to its poor health and form. It was assessed as a potential hazard to the road and footpath. Because the Apple tree was an old variety that had been at this site for a long time, Hamilton City Council took cuttings from the Apple tree prior to its removal.  These are growing at the nursery to be planted around the city in future planting programs”

Fruit trees in Hamilton central area go back a long way (see Hamilton Maori Landmarks p48).

“Peach trees that grew around the vicinity of the pa along what is now Victoria Street”. Note the word ‘that’; they are gone. After some 200 years of fruit trees in Hamilton’s centre, in September 2018 the last fruit tree was gone.