Commuter Bike Manufacturer, Linus Bike, Comments on the Rise of Cycling Culture in Hong Kong

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Following an article published by BBC, with regard to rise of cycling culture in Hong Kong, leading commuter bike manufacturer Linus Bike affirms the importance of educating locals on the benefits of cycling and encouraging them not to fear biking as a form of transportation.

On February 8, Linus Bike responds to an article published by BBC, which describes one man’s journey to publicizing cycling as a sport and means of transportation in Hong Kong.

According to the BBC article, Brian Fu, a Hong Kong native, recently introduced the Bicycle Film Festival to the city in hopes of raising awareness for cycling. His love for biking came from an extended stay in the U.S. years ago and he has since been trying to facilitate his passion back home in Hong Kong.

The article said Fu wanted to host the festival for a long time, but the cost was too high and he was worried about a lack of response. Though Fu admitted more and more people are starting to appreciate cycling, many locals are afraid of it. “Hong Kong people grow up to be scared of cars because the streets are so narrow, and they're not brave enough to ride a bike around urban areas,” he said in the article.

Fu finally found a spot to host the festival at the Hong Kong Arts Centre, the article states. The festival exhibited movies from all over the world, ranging from cycling documentaries to separate works with biking as a central theme. Cycling photographs were also showcased along with vintage bikes from local collectors.

China Reevers, a representative of the commuter bike manufacturer Linus Bike, says, “A film festival is definitely important to show people how beneficial bikes can be in areas where biking isn’t necessarily popular. Film festivals are a great way to easily highlight cycling’s culture and can hopefully creature some new fans.”

Reevers also acknowledges Hong Kong is full of traffic, but claims biking should be more of an easy and healthy alternative. “I understand why most Hong Kong natives are afraid of biking on those heavily populated streets,” she said. “It is well-known the traffic is unbelievable and the streets are quite narrow. If the cycling community keeps growing, perhaps the city will build bike paths like many other cities around the world. It would definitely help with the big traffic problem and it would promote healthy living.”

Fu said he hopes the Bicycle Film Festival will help build a new cycling culture. “I know it's a big risk to do this, but I still want to try to spread the cycling culture to the Hong Kong people," Fu said in the article. "I think it will take a long time for local people to grasp that biking can be a form of transportation – maybe until the gas is too expensive to buy.”

Linus Bike is a California-based bicycle manufacturer that specializes in making vintage style city bikes and commuter bikes. Not simply a bicycle company, Linus Bike sells a complete line of accessories for the environmentally conscious and for people who have a fondness for European style bicycles and the great tradition of European cycling.


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