If you need to buy hiking or cycling gear in Hong Kong, look for sports goods and sportswear shops displaying the Quality Tourism Services (QTS) Scheme sign that you can trust for superb service with clearly displayed prices and product information. The QTS Scheme is also applicable to other retail shops, restaurants and visitor accommodation which have passed stringent annual assessments.
Before the journey:
- Carefully make a plan and familiarise yourself with your route. Plan as much of your route along available cycle tracks as possible.
- Gauge whether your fitness level is appropriate for the difficulty level of the route.
- Pay attention to weather conditions.
- Check the condition of your bike before paying for a rental. Be sure you understand the terms and conditions, including rental costs, durations and bike return location etc.
- Ensure your bike is equipped with a bell.
- Wear a safety helmet and pads.
- Useful items to bring include a map, water, food, raincoat and first-aid kit. Ensure your belongings are firmly attached to the bike.
During the journey:
- If you need to cycle on the highway, take extra care regarding road conditions and note the actions of other road users.
- Obey traffic light signals, traffic signs and road markings.
- Do not ride on expressways or within tunnel areas.
- On cycling tracks, you must ride in single file, except when overtaking. Ride along the left side of the track and keep clear of the kerb. Do not drift from side to side or zig-zag through traffic.
- In the event of bad weather, be careful of slippery road surfaces and consider shortening or cancelling your cycling plans.
- Keep a safe distance from bicycles in front of you and be prepared for them to stop suddenly.
- When cycling in the dark or at times of poor visibility, turn on a white light in front and a red light at the rear of your bicycle.
- Do not carry passengers. Do not carry any goods or animals that might obstruct your vision or upset your balance.
- In the event of emergency, call 112 or 999.
- In the event of an emergency, note the number of the nearest distance post (e.g., M001), and call 112 or 999 or use the nearest emergency telephone.
For more details on cycling safety, please visit the Transport Department at www.td.gov.hk/mini_site/cic/en/safe-cycling/cycling-rules.html.
|Useful telephone numbers:|
|24-hour emergency helpline||999 / 112|
|Hong Kong Observatory||+852 1878 200|
|Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department hotline||+852 2708 8885|