Has Urban Cycling Improved in Hong Kong? A Sociopolitical Analysis of Cycling Advocacy Activists’ Contributions and Dilemmas

  • Hongze Tan
  • Miguel Angel Martínez López
Part of the The Contemporary City book series (TCONTCI)


This chapter examines the changes in cycling advocacy and governance in Hong Kong to identify the main constraints experienced in their attempts to promote urban bicycle mobility. First, we find out that other global cities’ demonstration effect and the problems rooted in the dual-structure traffic system contribute to the emergence of cycling activists. Through both online and offline frequent interactions, emerging activists build both individual and organisational connections with each other. They also interact with other influential actors in the urban cycling field and attempt to form resonances in shaping the legitimacy of alternative cycling images and policy proposals. To some extent, they successfully transformed from invisible to visible the urban cycling issue and are becoming increasingly influential within the field. However, Hong Kong’s ‘no cycling’ history results in a mixture of recreational and utilitarian cycling activists. Among them, there is a division based on their views of urban cycling that has been exposed and expanded during the interactions with the government. Therefore, activists concentrate on short-term goals rather than on a shared long-term vision, which partially explains why this dynamic of social interactions has not yielded a significant advancement of urban cycling yet.


Urban cycling Civic activists Cycling policy Hong kong 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hongze Tan
    • 1
  • Miguel Angel Martínez López
    • 2
  1. 1.Nankai UniversityTianjinChina
  2. 2.Uppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

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