Very DVRC

Join the fun this Sunday and walk the talk for clean air on Des Voeux Road Central — bonus hugs available.

  • City Absurdities Workshop
  • Beyond Bollywood Dancing in the City
  • Dance Trinity Public Workshops
  • Chop Alley guided tour and history talk
  • Seal Carving Workshop by St. James Settlement
  • Mobile heritage classroom
  • Burn Calories Sports Station
  • Kalacove Past, Praya Future Collage
  • HKU Architectural Intervention
  • Upcycled Photo Kaleidoscope
  • David Boyce Memory Portraits
  • Street Music by Kimman Wong
  • Vanishing Markets guided tour
  • People’s pitch

More details here

October 2015: Clean Air Network ran a petition to generate support.

On 28 April 2014, the Hong Kong Institute of Planners, in collaboration with MVA Hong Kong,  CityU and Civic Exchange, released an updated “Tram and Pedestrian Precinct” proposal (originally presented in 2000) to revitalize Central and improve air quality.

“The vision is to create a spectacularly improved environment, with better air quality in the heart of the Central Business District. Fortunately, no properties on Des Voeux Road Central have vehicular access which gives us a unique opportunity to remove almost all vehicles and create a special environment for people and trams. An urban up-grade like this can only be successful if there is a practical traffic plan to go with it – and we have that too.” Ian Brownlee, Fellow Member, Hong Kong Institute of Planners

In early 2013, the Hong Kong Institute of Planners approached the Environment Bureau to see if the “Tram and Pedestrian Precinct” proposal they originally presented in 2000 could be revisited, as Central remained one of the areas of worst air pollution in Hong Kong.

The 2000 study was expanded to look at air quality and both existing and planned transport and safety issues with detailed assessments and proposals prepared by City University on air quality and Hong Kong Institute of Planners on urban-design enhancements with the support of Civic Exchange and funding from WYNG Foundation and ADM Capital Foundation

The proposal was presented to The Environment Bureau on April 29, 2014.
Implementing the proposal will require full Government and public support.

1. View the plans
http://bit.ly/1itOJTV

2. Visit HKIP website
http://bit.ly/1m3Iwfq

3. Share your views
http://bit.ly/1mSFrmp

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The proposal calls for a green “tram and pedestrian precinct” on Des Voeux Road Central between Pedder Street and Morrison Street.

As new MTR lines and the Central-Wanchai Bypass are completed, traffic volumes can be reduced and green space increased while public transport, including buses, can be improved so that Central remains accessible.

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The completion of major highway and railway infrastructure between now and 2021 made a reassessment timely, as opportunities were going to arise which would enable significant improvements to be made to Central District.

The problems on Des Voeux Road Central include poor roadside air-quality, congested road traffic, bad pedestrian environment, lack of greenery and shading, lack of seating, jay-walking black spots leading to a generally poor image of Hong Kong’s Central Business District while other cities in Asia make advances in these areas.

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The new proposal from the HKIP sees a progressive return of the central city to pedestrians, and the introduction of good urban design and landscaping.

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As new MTR lines and the Central-Wanchai Bypass are completed, traffic volumes can be reduced and increased space can be provided for greening and for people. All of this can be achieved while public transport, including buses, can be improved so that Central remains accessible.

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The main connecting theme is the greening of the tram route through Des Voeux Road Central by replacing concrete with grass, as has been done in Japan and many European cities.

“The HKIP calls on the government to take this opportunity to address major pollution and urban environmental problems in Central so that Hong Kong can truly live up to its’ branding as Asia’s World City.”

Implementing the proposal will require full Government and public support:

1. View the plans
http://bit.ly/1itOJTV

2. Visit HKIP website
http://bit.ly/1m3Iwfq

3. Share your views
http://bit.ly/1mSFrmp

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