Ride of silence to mark vicious cycle

Central Station | 16 May 2019

Hundreds of cyclists rode quietly through Kowloon last night to pay tribute to 11 people killed and around 1,600 injured while cycling last year.

Organized by the Hong Kong Cycling Alliance, the 14th annual Ride of Silence started at 7.15pm from the Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower yesterday.

After a memorial ceremony, cyclists rode quietly from Tsim Sha Tsui and passed through Yau Ma Tei, Mong Kok and Cheung Sha Wan on the way to Tsim Sha Tsui promenade.

The organizer reminded the public that "cyclists are legitimate road users and deserve respect and consideration."

"The number of cyclists who die on Hong Kong's roads each year has been about the same for decades, even if overall road deaths have dropped by two thirds."

The alliance also called for roads and streets in Hong Kong to be designed and managed for all users, including cyclists.

It urged the government to integrate cycling into the official data of road usage, and hopes to host major awareness campaigns.

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