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In support of the Second United Nations Global Road Safety Week focused on 'pedestrian safety', Civic Exchange, Community for Road Safety and Designing Hong Kong will co-host a full day event entitled Walkable City, Living Streets. Three main themes of conferences, 'Pedestrian Network Planning', 'Pedestrian Safety' and 'Streets as Public Space', will be given and followed by a panel discussion on integrating the three themes in urban and transport planning in Hong Kong.

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With the reputation of a world-class transport system, a major emphasis in Hong Kong has been the efficient movement of vehicle traffic. This approach, however, can often sacrify the safety, convenience, and comfort of non-motorized road users. How do we balance the interests of different road users and entice people to walk longer before taking transport? If we aspire to the vision of building Hong Kong as a liveable city, are we giving enough priority to the needs of pedestrians? Do our networks offer excellent connectivity and accessibility, as well as quality spaces for all to enjoy social life? This event would be a valuable opportunity for you to explore these questions with the public sectors, academia, and transport and planning professionals.


Conference details:

Date: 7 May 2013 (Tue)
Time: 08:45 - 17:00
Venue: Exhibition Hall, Energizing Kowloon East Office, 122 Hoi Bun Road, Kwun Tong (Map)
Language: The full-day conference will be conducted in English (lunch-time forum will be conducted in Cantonese)


Event report:

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Time Programme items Resources
08:15 - 08:45 Registration  
08:45 - 09:15

Opening Remarks
(By Mr. Simon Ng, Civic Exchange)

Welcome Remarks
(By Mr. Chi-Sing Wai, JP, Permanent Secretary for Development (Works), HKSAR government)
Speech | Video
Keynote Presentation
(By Prof. Anthony Bing-leung Cheung , GBS, JP, Secretary for Transport and Housing, HKSAR government)
Speech | Video

09:15 - 10:45

Session 1: Pedestrian Network Planning
(Chaired by Mr. Oren Tatcher, OTC Ltd. )
Effective Pedestrian Planning – Lessons learnt
(By Mr. Sam Chow, ARUP)
PPT | Video
A Multi-Layered City – How do we make it work?
(By Mr. Paul Zimmerman, Designing Hong Kong)
PPT | Video
Universally Accessible Pedestrian Environment
(By Mr. Joseph Kwan, UDA Consultants Ltd.)
PPT | Video
10:45 - 11:00 Coffee/Tea break  
11:00 - 12:30 Session 2: Pedestrian Safety
(Chaired by Mr. Cameron MacDonald, Atkins China Ltd.)
PPT | Video
Safer and Attractive Streets in Hong Kong - the Future rests on Lower Speed Limits
(By Mr. Julian Kwong, Community for Road Safety)
PPT | Video
The Walkable Urban Environment and Pedestrian Exposure
(By Dr. Zhi Ning, City University of Hong Kong)
PPT | Video
Easing the Way – Improving Pedestrian Movement on Urban Streets
(By Mr. Neil Adams, Formerly Transport for London)
PPT | Video
12:30 - 13:45

Lunch-time forum* (co-hosted with SOW Ideas Company Limited)
(Guest Speaker: Dr. Wing-tat Hung Moderator: Mr. Vincent Wong)

13:45 - 15:15 Session 3: Streets as Public Space
(Chaired by Prof. Melissa Cate Christ, University of Hong Kong)
PPT | Video
Making Walkable Places in Kowloon East
(By Mr. Raymond Lee, Energizing Kowloon East Office, Development Bureau)
PPT | Video
Revitalizing Public Spaces: The Tai Yuen Experience
(By Dr. Calvin Kwan, The Link Management Limited)
PPT | Video
Let's Reclaim Our Streets!
(By Mr. Gavin Coates, Landscape Architect)
PPT| Script | Video
15:15 - 15:30 Coffee/Tea break  
15:30 - 16:45 Panel Discussion
(Moderated by Mr. Simon Ng, Civic Exchange)
Video1 | Video2

Mr. Fred Brown, MVA

Ms. Gigi Lau, 30SGroup PPT | Video
Ms. Ada Ying-Kay Wong, JP, Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture PPT | Video
Ms. Xiaomei Duan, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy PPT | Video
16:45 - 17:00

Closing remarks
(By Ms. Yan-yan Yip, Civic Exchange)

(For the final version of speakers' and panelists' presentations, please refer to 'Walkble City, Living Streets' event report.)


Speakers & Panellist biographies (Alphabetical order):

Mr. Neil Adams is an independent engineer working in Hong Kong and the UK. At Transport for London (TfL), he was Chief Engineer Network Operations, responsible for London’s Urban Traffic Control system. He developed and pioneered new techniques for adapting traffic signals to respond to and reduce pedestrian overcrowding, and was involved at a senior governance level in many high-profile projects designed to improve pedestrian movement and safety.
Mr. Fred Brown is the Honorary Chairman of MVA Asia. He has over 30 years international experience in directing projects and strong technical background in all modes of transport policy, planning, design and implementation including pedestrian planning. Fred also serves as advisor to Governments, Private Investors and operators on infrastructure investment projects and operating systems in Hong Kong and Thailand.
Prof. Melissa Cate Christ is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. Her design research and practice concentrates on contemporary mechanisms of urban intervention at the juncture of landscape, culture, urbanism, and infrastructure. Prior to teaching at HKU, Melissa was a designer at Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd, where she was the project manager for CityCenter DC, a 10 acre mixed use development in downtown Washington DC. She has also worked as an urban designer at Dutoit, Allsop Hillier, and as an instructor and design critic at the University of Toronto and the University of Washington.
Prof. Anthony Bing-leung Cheung is currently the Secretary for Transport and Housing of HKSAR government and was the President of The Hong Kong Institute of Education. Before joining the Government, Professor Cheung held a number of public service positions including non-official member of the Executive Council, Chairman of the Consumer Council, member of the Hong Kong Housing Authority and Chairman of its Subsidised Housing Committee, member of the Greater Pearl River Delta Business Council, director of the Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation and member of the Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee.

Mr. Sam Chow is a Director Leading the transport consulting group for Arup in the East Asia Region. He has almost 27 years of professional consulting and management experience in transportation planning, master planning and traffic engineering in China, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and India. Sam is a Fellow in The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport in Hong Kong and a chartered /professional engineer in Hong Kong, UK and Australia.In recent years, he has been actively leading transport planning projects in the new areas and new towns in China with emphasis on substantiality, low carbon and transit oriented development.

Mr. Gavin Coates is a Landscape Architect with over 20 years’ experience mainly in Hong Kong. In the 1980’s he contributed to key Government projects including Tseung Kwan O infrastructure, various public housing estates, Yuen Long Town Park, and the waterfall area of Hong Kong Park. More recently Gavin has been involved with the design and site supervision of Greening Master Plans instigated by the Civil Engineering and Development Department; requiring skills ranging from city-wide urban planning to detailed planting design and participation in public planting events. 
Ms. Xiaomei Duan is the Chief Engineer of the Guangzhou Municipal Engineering Design and Research Institute and Chief Technical Officer of Institute for Transportation Development and Policy. Since graduating from Shanghai’s Tongji University, she has worked on numerous urban transportation projects in China and internationally. In the past ten years, She focused mainly on the Guangzhou BRT, Lanzhou BRT planning and design, NMT improvement projects and green development projects.

Dr. Wing-tat Hung is an associate professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.  He has been advocating sustainable transport system with special emphasis on the social and environmental aspects of an efficient transport system.  He sits in the Road Safety Research Committee under the Road Safety Council for many years. Road safety in particular the safety of pedestrian and cyclist is one of his major concern.
Dr. Calvin Lee Kwan is currently the Senior Manager (Sustainability) of The Link Management Ltd and was the environmental sustainability project manager for the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He has strong experience in carbon auditing and footprinting, sustainability awareness and promotion, developing climate change strategic action plans and hosting sustainability outreach programs. Calvin also worked in environment and sustainability roles at major companies including Toyota Motors Engineering and Manufacturing North America and Shell Oil Products, U.S.
Mr. Joseph Kwan MH, Architect and Access Consultant is the Founding Director of UDA, Consultants in Universal Design & Accessibility, and has practiced in Australia, the UK, France and now Hong Kong. He is a Resource Person to the United Nations – Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific on Accessible Built Environment and on Barrier-Free Tourism. He is currently a Consultant to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Universal Access to ADB Transport Projects. Joseph is also the Global Chair of ICTA Rehabilitation International and the Chair of the ARCASIA Committee on Social Responsibility.

Mr. Julian Kwong specializes in Road Safety Engineering with training from France and the UK. He is currently a consultant to the Asian Development Bank on highway and expressway safety. His present engagements include drafting of a highway safety design manual for Anhui Province, China and Road Safety Audit and community programs for a variety of road projects. Through the “Community for Road Safety” he founded in 2004, Julian is active in promoting good practices, better policies and improvements to road signage, highway safety and pedestrian safety in Hong Kong. Integration with aesthetics, quality of living and the landscape has always been a major consideration in his work.

Ms. Gigi Lau is a director of the 30SGroup, the deputy convener of the Pound Lane Concern Group and a landscape designer at ACLA. She assisted Prof. Jonathan D Solomon on his book project “Cities without Ground”, a study of 3-dimensional urbanism and worked as a policy researcher for CY Leung, Patrick Lau and Laurence Li on urban policy. Gigi is passionate in advocating for the preservation of historic district and a great diversity of walking experience.
Mr. Raymond Lee is the Head of Energizing Kowloon East Office, Development Bureau. Before taking up this position, he was the Assistant Director of Planning, responsible for territorial planning studies. He is a professional town planner with extensive experience including planning for the old airport site at Kai Tak, review of the Town Planning Ordinance, harbor-front planning and development, boundary closed area and cross-boundary planning, and planning for new development areas in the New Territories. Mr. Lee is currently the Vice-president of the Hong Kong Institute of Planners.

Mr. Cameron MacDonald is an Associate Director of Atkins China Ltd with 20 years of experience in transportation planning in Hong Kong, China, the Middle East, Australia and the UK. He has particular experience in pedestrian planning and the design of transport facilities to promote safe and efficient pedestrian movement. Cameron is currently managing the transport planning support to the Atkins offices in the Asia Pacific Region for various Urban Realm, Masterplanning and Transit Oriented Development projects and is also currently undertaking a Masters Degree in Human Factors (Ergonomics). 

Mr. Simon Ng is the Head of Transport and Sustainability Research of Civic Exchange. His major research interests include sustainable transportation, livable cities, air quality management, and local community planning. Simon is known for his work on ship emissions inventory and control policy in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta. He is also actively sharing his experience and expertise with policy makers and practitioners in other parts of the world, including Los Angeles, Shanghai and Guangdong.

Dr. Zhi Ning is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Energy and Environment at City University of Hong Kong. He has rich research experience of urban air pollution source emission identification and characterization, and their impact on public health through personal exposure assessment. He is also active in air pollution related technologies development including the R&D of high efficiency electrostatic precipitator, on-road plume chasing and analysis system (OPCAS) and aerosol to hydrosol air sampler (ATHAS) for PM chemistry and toxicity measurements etc.

Mr. Oren Tatcher is Principal of OTC Limited, a Hong Kong-based planning and design firm specializing in transportation facilities and transport-oriented urban master plans. The firm’s work has included planning and design of airports and airport terminals, railway stations, marine transport terminals and intermodal stations in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan, India, the United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Brazil, Singapore and the Philippines. Mr. Tatcher has also been working closely with various local and international organizations to promote best practice in sustainable transport development, walkability and urban design, primarily in developing countries.
Ir Chi-sing Wai obtained his first degree in civil engineering from the University of Hong Kong, and his master degree in transportation engineering from the Purdue University in the United States. He has professional qualifications in civil, structural and geotechnical engineering. Ir Wai joined the Hong Kong Government as an Assistant Engineer in August 1980, and since then his career has been closely associated with the development of Hong Kong’s infrastructure. He has served in the Transport Department, the former Territory Development Department, the Highways Department, and the Works Branch of the former Environment, Transport and Works Bureau. He was the Director of the Highways Department from November 2006 to June 2010 and has been appointed Permanent Secretary for Development (Works) since June 2010.
Ms. Ada Ying-Kay Wong is a staunch advocate of creative education, social innovation and cultural development. She is the founder and Hon. Chief Executive of Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture, and the supervisor of HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity which launched the Make A Difference initiative, a continuing platform to groom the next generation of creative leaders and innovative changemakers in Asia. Ada is also the Convenor and Director of The Good Lab, an inspiring co-working space and a collaborative community for social innovation.
Mr. Vincent Wong is the founder of Solution-On-Wheels, a social enterprise dedicated to promoting solution journalism in Asia. Practitioners of solution journalism present social issues through a "solution frame" rather than a "problem frame", focusing on the practical and human elements of social innovation. Solution-On-Wheels is a new type of media using 4G LTE mobile technology and will enable Vincent and his team to conduct community focus groups around town.
Mr. Paul Zimmerman is an elected councilor in the Southern District representing the Pokfulam constituency and CEO of Designing Hong Kong devoted to improving urban planning in Hong Kong under its motto ‘Livable Density’. Paul arrived in Hong Kong in 1984, and received his Certificate for Naturalization as a Chinese National in 2012 and has a Master in Social Science (Economics) from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and a Master of Arts in Transport Policy and Planning from The University of Hong Kong.


Event secretariats

Cissy Lui (Civic Exchange): +852 2893 0213
Debby Chan (Designing Hong Kong): +852 3104 3107

Media enquiries:

Michelle Wong (Civic Exchange): +852 3622 2301

30SGroupInstitute of Advanced MotoristsHong Kong Public Space InitiativeHong Kong Institute of Urban DesignHong Kong Institute of PlannersThe Hong Kong Institute of Landscape ArchitectsThe Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport in Hong KongThe Charteres Institution of Highways & Transportation Hong Kong BranchAsian Society for Traumatic Stress StudiesSolution On WheelsNew world DevelopmentMTR CorporationEnergizing Koloon East Office, Development BureauDesigning Hong KongCommunity for Road Safety Civic Exchange the American Institute of Architects



Post-conference event:

Walking Tour: Lost in Tsim Sha Tsui

Get lost with Paul Zimmerman, Designing Hong Kong CEO, during a walking tour of Tsim Sha Tsui. Discover intermittent footpaths, obstructed pavements, missing crossings, misleading maps and signs and the illegible network of tunnels in an important commercial and tourism hub in Hong Kong.

Date: 28 May 2013 (Tue)
Time: 17:30 - 19:30
Assembly point: Entrance of iSquare, Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Fee: Free of charge
Capacity: 15 persons
Registration: Please email to
Enquiry: Debby Chan 60117307 Denis Leung 96188378

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"Zoom! Zoom!" How fast are these cars on Urban Streets?

Traffic speed is decisive on pedestrian casualties due to the combined effect of kinetic energy and braking distance. This event involves hands-on speed survey on urban streets led by Laser Tech Asia staff and CRS members. Participants will have the opportunity to experience the use of the latest laser speed measurement technology to record the speed of vehicles on urban streets. This exercise will be preceded by a briefing session with drinks and light meals followed by a wrap-up session.

Session 1
Date: 30 May 2013 (Thu)
Time: 19:00 - 22:00
Venue: Central and Wanchai (Café Lavande G/F, 4 Prince’s Terrace, Mid-levels Escalator just above Caine Road)

Session 2
Date: 1 June 2013 (Sat)
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Venue: Tsim Sha Tsui or Wanchai (Meeting venue to be notified)

Fee: Free of charge
Capacity: 12 persons per session
Registration: Please email to with your name, organisation, position, email and tel no.
Enquiry: Micah Woo 90953817 Chris Yuen 63090429

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Briefing and Walking Tour in Kwun Tong

Kwun Tong and Kowloon Bay have long been recognized as one of the traditional industry bases in the hey days of Hong Kong’s manufacturing industry. The urban fabric has been developed with a priority for vehicular traffic. To meet public’s aspiration for a pedestrian environment which is “walkable”, “stayable” and “sittable”, the Energizing Kowloon East Office (EKEO) under the Development Bureau will push ahead various proposals in enhancing connectivity in Kowloon East.

This event comprises a short briefing at EKEO Exhibition Hall followed by a walking tour in Kwun Tong. During the tour, participants will get a feel of the current pedestrian environment and EKEO will introduce some possible improvement proposals.

Date: 12 July 2013 (Fri)
Time: 15:00 - 17:00 (Registration will start at 14:45)
Assembly point: Exhibition Hall, Energizing Kowloon East Office, 122 Hoi Bun Road, Kwun Tong
Fee: Free of charge
Capacity: 30 persons
Registration: Please email to with your name, organisation, position, email and tel no.
Enquiry: Rae Leung 31053700

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* The event was initially on 14 June 2013 and rescheduled to 12 July 2013 due to the inclement weather condition.


Walking Tour in Tai Yuen Market

The Link’s first fresh market enhancement project – Tai Yuen Market – was launched in 2010. The revamped Tai Yuen Market exemplifies the innovative approach to fresh market ventures in the 21st century, taking a through-train eco-friendly approach to its operations. During Tai Yuen Revitalisation Project, the layout of the market was changed to follow a more logical structure, and fitted with modern facilities. The use of energy-saving facilities and various green initiatives implemented by the Project has resulted in the market winning the Environment Excellence Award, as part of the Asian CSR Awards 2011 which is organised by the Asia Institute of Management.

This walking tour aims to lead participants through a showcase of the modern fresh market experience, and the initiatives of the enhancement project that has helped to revitalise a central destination and landmark for many residents in the neighbourhood.

Date: 7 September 2013 (Sat)
Time: 10:30 - 12:00
Venue: Tai Yuen Market, 10 Ting Kok Road, Tai Po, New Territories
Fee: Free of charge
Capacity: 20 persons
Registration: Please email to with your name, organisation, position, email and tel no.
Enquiry: Rae Leung 31053700

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Media coverage:

19 May 2013 The Straits Times Steps to make HK safer for walking
09 May 2013 RTHK (Backchat) Walkability in our city
08 May 2013 Asia Pacific Daily Experts call for a more "walkable city"
08 May 2013 Asia Pacific Daily 步行城市:從"以車為本"到"以人為本"
07 May 2013 香港舉辦研討會探討城市交通規劃
07 May 2013 Speech by STH at Walkable City, Living Streets
13 Aug 2013 HKET 30公里車速限制 減傷亡利環保