Hong Kong's MTR bike ban


Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway (MTR) has recently banned bikes on trains. When the railway was originally built it was a single line connecting Hong Kong’s most densely populated areas. Not surprisingly the company introduced a series of by-laws to ensure passengers could travel in comfort.


It should also be pointed out that at the time there were extensive ferry services which cyclists could use: these largely no longer exist.


Over the years the railway expanded to more rural areas and many of the initial by-laws were disregarded in favour of common sense. Cyclists still had to remove their front wheels but were able to use the MTR out to the Tung Chung area by the airport to take advantage of a rare area of flat road on which to train.


However following a recent security upgrade the MTR has now evoked the original by-law and banned all bikes.


Hong Kong’s rail system has three parts: the MTR, the Airport Express and the KCR. Absurdly for what is supposed to be an integrated network bikes are allowed on only two out of three.