View Poll Results: Would you use a bicycle courier service in Hong Kong?

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Thoughts on bicycle courier in Hong Kong

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    Quote Originally Posted by gilleshk:
    And Hong Kong is far from the worse place in the world to ride. Hanoi, HCM city, Bangkok, Manila, Jakarta are all more dangerous and unpleasant than Hong Kong and I could go on with a list of other faraway places...
    David Byrne would disagree with you on Hong Kong not being an awful place to bike.
    Gotta agree with Jay, though. I used to bike to work daily in Chicago, cutting through urban trafic, but Hong Kong is a whole 'nother ball game. It's possible - anything's possible - but it ain't easy to commute here. Finding a place to store your bike is a problem in itself; the one time I tried to keep my bike in the multi-story parking garage at my office, they freaked out and refused to let me keep it there, for whatever odd reason.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thromsturmond:
    David Byrne would disagree with you on Hong Kong not being an awful place to bike.
    Gotta agree with Jay, though. I used to bike to work daily in Chicago, cutting through urban trafic, but Hong Kong is a whole 'nother ball game. It's possible - anything's possible - but it ain't easy to commute here. Finding a place to store your bike is a problem in itself; the one time I tried to keep my bike in the multi-story parking garage at my office, they freaked out and refused to let me keep it there, for whatever odd reason.
    How does a musician's opinion factor in this? Sure HK is a more challenging place to bike than many North American or European cities and you are absolutely right that there parking your bike is sometimes difficult. I was at Times Square the other day and the guard was trying to prevent me from locking my bike on the sidewalk. I told him to call the police if he wanted to have a dispute about this and just ignored him. Of course, nothing happened...

    I would never begin to argue that HK is a bike friendly place. The pollution is high, there are no bike lanes anywhere on the island and as I mentioned before, I just lost my job because the moron that runs the place I work in thinks that walking in the building in cycling garb is unprofessional.

    What I did say is that there are many worse places in Asia and that it's quite feasible and not much more dangerous than any large cities for an experienced rider. I know several people that ride several times a week and early on weekends, you'll find dozens or riders on the road to Shek O. It's far more dangerous to head for the cycling path in Sha Tin where there are countless clueless riders that have no idea what they are doing, talking on the phone, stopping without warning. I'll take the roads any day over that madness.

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    Wow. David Byrne is a downer. And he jumps to conclusions in a way I wouldn't expect of an artist. His "insights" on HK are presented after spending one whole day here, and he managed to get damn near everything wrong.

    As to being a bike messenger? To the OP I say -- go for it! One way or another, it will stop you posting about it...


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    yes, i like that there is 'only one wet market left on hk island' comment. obviously the person showing him around lives in mid-levels or the peak, works in central and only socialises in LKF.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TS888:
    As to being a bike messenger? To the OP I say -- go for it! One way or another, it will stop you posting about it...
    Using a local courier results in deliveries arriving in a few hours. The service is cheap, efficient and consistent. They maintain low costs by using public transport and paying minimum wages for what is a very low skilled job.

    A cycle courier would need to justify why saving maybe a 30mins or an hour on delivery time would require such a premium. On the rare occasion that something is needed to be delivered urgently most large offices can just send an office junior right away and it would probably only cost $60 for the round trip in wages and travel costs for most places on the Island or Kowloon peninsula.

    Just don't see the benefits a cyclist could offer over current systems.

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    ? 4 year old post...?


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    Someone has just answered the poll, so it is brought back to the top.

    Last edited by drumbrake; 03-03-2013 at 06:57 PM.