Date
4 December 2016
A section of a cycling track in Fanling before (L) and after (R) rectification work on road markings. Photos: Facebook/ Sneeze C.W. Lam, Solar Lo, Global Cycling Network
A section of a cycling track in Fanling before (L) and after (R) rectification work on road markings. Photos: Facebook/ Sneeze C.W. Lam, Solar Lo, Global Cycling Network

Fanling cycling track fixed after markings blunder

The Transport Department (TD) has scrambled to fix the markings related to a bicycle track in Fanling after an apparent goof-up by a contractor earlier. 

On Monday, workers took down plastic columns and repainted the shadow lines on the bicycle track in an attempt to widen the distance between two restricted areas and allow freer movement for cyclists.

The came after the Global Cycling Network (GCN) uploaded a photo of markings on the track that showed that people had to maneuver their bicycles with an absurdly narrow area at a particular section, hk01.com reports.

As the photo went viral, the transport department drew ridicule from netizens, prompting authorities to get the markings fixed in a rush. 

According to the department, a contractor erred while doing some improvement work on the track, leading to deviation from the original design.

The contractor will be taking full responsibility for the necessary amendments, it said.

The Highways Department told HK01.com Monday evening that the improvements included new road markings and fresh plastic columns.

The rectification work was completed on Monday.

The Highways Department has indicated that it will also re-paint the warning booths on the lower slope of the site and finish the painting job as soon as possible.

On Friday, the GCN posted a photo of the cycling track in Fanling where two white-hued restricted areas of the cycling track almost overlapped.

The cycling-related YouTube channel pointed out that if bicycles have wide tires, there were potential risks of accidents on the track.

The news drew a barrage of online criticism for authorities, with people commenting that the photo is proof that the government doesn’t really care about cyclists.

One person remarked sarcastically that this is probably how people in Hong Kong are being trained to improve their biking skills.

The problem area outlined in the photo was at the junction of Jockey Club Road and Lok Yip Road in Fanling.

Rather than a plastic bollard, an arrowhead attached to an iron bar was used on the road to indicate that the cycle track adjoins the footpath. 

At its narrowest point, the distance between two restricted areas was just 5 cm.

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