Over 900 cyclists joined Greenpeace for our 2010 Cycling Parade, part of Car Free Day
Guess what? We broke the record. Over 900 bicycles joined us for our Cycling Parade in downtown Hong Kong last Sunday – nine times the number of participants last year.
This is only the second year we've hosted such an activity in junction with World Car Free Day.We'd like to give a big thank you for all the participants' support, both for Car Free Day and for the fight against climate change.
The route was not easy, a 12-kilometer-long round trip between Central and North Point. Participants had to cycle alongside other vehicles, enduring exhaust and bad air quality, even though it was a Sunday morning. Traffic conditions have always been a headache to Hong Kong.
Greenpeace should have organized the cycling tour in the countryside, shouldn't it? But then it will lose its purposes - vehicle emissions make up 20% of the world's total greenhouse gases, and it's high time that we give up unnecessary driving. Our 900 participants have shown to the public that it is very possible to cycle in the city.
We passed by all the city's major icons, including the HSBC headquarters and the Bank of China Tower in Central, the Sogo Department Store and Victoria Park in Causeway Bay, and the tram line from west to east of Hong Kong.
Yet although more people have stood up for the climate, it seems that senior officials from the government, especially Chief Executive Donald Tsang, remain unwilling to commit to abandoning private cars when commuting to work.
Greenpeace China campaigner Prentice Koo is disappointed with Mr. Tsang's non-commitment, "The Chief Executive and his team should also echo public action by pledging to give up high-emissions vehicles and use public transport when commuting to work." It's not that difficult, isn't it? Especially when you live 300 meters away from your office!
Every one of us can stop unnecessary driving. Hong Kong's public transportation system is renowned for its convenience, as are those of major cities in China. If you have not committed to support Car Free Day, please join us!
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