Except for some districts in New Territories like Shatin, Taiwai and Taipo, you barely see Hong Kong people riding in bicycles. The city is never a cycle-friendly one as the roads are always overloaded by thousands of privates cars, minibuses, big buses and even trams. If not occupied by cars, Hong Kong’s flat lands are packed with people. There are already not enough space in Hong Kong for people to live, not to mention anybody would tolerate the existence of a slow-moving transportation means like bicycle.
When you relate this back to fashion, then you realize one can hardly find a fashion style named “cycle chic” in Hong Kong. Even those people on the bikes are usually just residents living in relatively remote or rural area (or that they have their own villa in the country side). Hong Kong websites and blogs dedicated to showing cycle chic like those in Europe (Copenhagen Cycle Chic and London Cycle Chic) are none.
And because everything in the city is so fast, even if there are little space enough for riding a bike around people’s neighborhood, they wouldn’t do it anyway because it would be just handy to grab a taxi or get on a minibus.
As time goes by, the more people work faster and walk faster in mid of the crazy economy, the less people consider riding a bike for leisure or for work.
Nowadays, going on a bike trip in the New Territories is a special full-day hang-around activity for Hong Kongers; or not, bikes are just deemed as something so romantic that it could only appear in an old movies in the 80s with scenes of lovers in their teen years riding a bike to go to school together, or biking around town under drizzling rains.
Bicycles are now something nostalgic, romantic, something “untouchable”. Untouchable in the sense that everyone wants to touch, but don’t dare to touch because they have to forgo the speed they can enjoy otherwise by taking a taxi.