Creating a zero emission mobility network around Victoria Harbour

14 Dec 2015
By : Lead8

Imagine a 23km trail around Victoria Harbour for running, walking and cycling, well that is what HarbourLoop Hong Kong is about. It’s a vision to transform the contours of Hong Kong’s waterfront into an iconic 23 kilometre urban walking, running and cycling network. HarbourLoop plans to be Hong Kong’s first mobility network prioritising zero emission modes of transit, connecting Hong Kong to Kowloon in a continuous loop. The route exploits the legacy of the city’s world famous Victoria Harbour.

Two infrastructure interventions will connect Hong Kong Island and Kowloon – for the west harbour crossing, a cable car transporting users from Central to a new deck overlooking West Kowloon Cultural District in a dramatic 1.5 kilometre journey more than 60 metres above the harbour. The east of Victoria Harbour would be crossed by a cycle, running and walking bridge,with a span of 500 metres, linking the Museum of Coastal Defence and the Shau Kei Wan waterfront with the village of Lei Yu Mun, traversing from hill to hill as a new gateway to Hong Kong.

Come and hear Ian Ralph discuss the fun of being part of the design team. Ian is a Senior Planner/Urban Designer with Lead8, he gained his City Planning and Urban Design qualifications at Cardiff University, where he specialised in research in the fields of sustainability and urban design. He grew up in Hong Kong, and studied and worked in the UK, before returning to Hong Kong to work for Lead8 as an urban planner on schemes in China and across Asia.

Ian previously worked for the Mayor of London and Transport for London involved in infrastructure projects for the London Olympics. His portfolio includes Birmingham Big City Plan, Snowhill Business District, Dubai Design District, Tanjung Aru, Sanlin New Town and Lok Ma Chau Mixed-Use Masterplan. When he’s not hiking, walking and biking around Hong Kong, Ian is a tutor and reviewer for the University of Hong Kong’s Masters of Urban Design course and an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Asia Pacific.

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