A Walkable CBD

The premier business district is facing major challenges with traffic congestion, air and noise pollution, inadequate pedestrian facilities and amenities, and dilapidated urban environments. This has significant impact on the viability and vitality of the CBD, the core of the Central Business District 1 (CBD 1) highlighted in the HK2030+ consultation document released in 2016. The government should accelerate its efforts in improving the walkability in Central to reinforce Hong Kong’s status as a global financial and business hub and to foster Hong Kong’s status as “Asia’s World City”. This is especially important as Central has not received any major investment in the past 20 years to upgrade the physical environment and the public facilities.

Streetscape Improvements
Streetscape improvements, such as paving improvements, street furniture reconfigurations and signalised crossings, are often low-impact projects that can make a massive difference to the comfort level of pedestrians. They are particularly important in our CBD to encourage people to work, live, learn, socialise and explore the extraordinary heritage and culture hidden in the busy roads.

 

 
Rendering Photo of Improved Road Paving

 A more people-first street design enhances the attractiveness and safety of an area. This, in turn, increases the vitality and viability of a space by creating “complete streets” which encourage people to walk, stroll, rest, socialise and interact with each other, thus improving the socio-economic and wellbeing of a community.

Discovering Neighbourhoods
People seek out fascinating places to visit when they are travelling. Interesting neighbourhoods do not have to be flashy or full of branded shops. They are often small, attractive and authentic districts that locals and tourists visit to get a sense of local culture.

Walk DVRC Ltd is keen to improve the walkability of the CBD to encourage everyone to discover the captivating historical and cultural heritage of Central and Sheung Wan. Video was produced and collected the stories and thoughts of Chinese entrepreneurs and shopkeepers along and around Des Voeux Road Central (DVRC). Through photographs and interviews, Walk DVRC Ltd. wants to showcase the vibrant culture of the street to highlight how this rich history should be preserved and celebrated. Know more: http://www.walkdvrc.hk/en/news/stories-from-the-street-a-book-by-dvrc-ltd

Pedestrianisation and Placemaking Projects
Cities such as London, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Paris hold planned Car-Free Sundays to encourage people to creatively use the road as a public space for family-friendly activities. Los Angeles and Singapore even have “Great Street” and “The Streets for People” programmes which provide government support for community-initiative projects that create vibrant car-free zones and transform streets into meaningful public spaces!

Walk DVRC has proposed The Sheung Wan Fiesta as a perfect place to begin a placemaking and pedestrianization projects. This project will close a two-block stretch of DVRC, from Western Market to Hillier Street, to vehicular traffic for 90 days.