Hong Kong's urban transit show, as heard on RTHK AM621, with hard talk on sustainable transport, future mobility, zero carbon and urban planning for safe, liveable streets.
Wham Bam Tram returns to RTHK's airwaves in October 2021 - but to keep our regular fans happy we're running the show as an indie podcast from July to September!
Hosted by Transit Jam founder James Ockenden and recorded in Hong Kong.
Ferry ferry smart! Transforming HK's ferries with Abraham Leung
Hong Kong's new "water taxi" is attracting some derision for its once-weekly fixed route - but how did we end up with this strange service after the great promise of the water taxi concept? Mobility expert https://experts.griffith.edu.au/7554-abraham-leung (Dr Abraham Leung), a post-doc researcher with Griffith University in Brisbane, grew up in Hong Kong and has a lot of insight into how the city could develop a ferry service to rival mass transit or bus routes.
01:07 | Interview start
01:39 | Water taxi
02:09 | Linear vs point model
03:30 | Ferry vs bus
05:15 | Subsidy models
08:23 | Boosting ferry mode
12:12 | Developing linear modes
15:51 | Multimodal ferry connection
20:02 | Environment
20:55 | Hybrid
23:42 | Harbour development
24:05 | Ferries and covid
24:30 | Mobility as a service
26:49 | Water taxi woes p[t 2
27:53 | Pier development
Cycling the harbourfront with Martin Turner
A new study commissioned by the Development Bureau will re-open the idea of harbourfront cycling - but will the government approach rise above its past failed attempts to connect the city's harbour with bikes? We chat with Martin Turner, chairman of the Hong Kong Cycling Alliance, on harbour cyclingh, design processes, shared bikes and the oppresive "pleasureground" regulations which stop almost all the fun!
00:58 Interview start | 01:25 DevB study | 03:53 2009 study | 04:34 Connectivity | 06:27 Mode share and ferries | 07:37 Space | 08:44 Segmentation | 11:09 Kai Tak and shared use | 14:57 Harbourfront cycle ride | 17:12 LCSD and pleasuregrounds | 18:38 Cycling parks | 21:41 Shared bikes | 23:44 17km stretch | 26:19 Cycle walking | 27:19 Global best practice | 28:55 NGO relationship with govt
Killing speed with Julian Kwong
Hong Kong's own Julian Kwong is a road design expert who advises the UN on road safety - hear what he has to say about Hong Kong's streets and his proposals for a 30 kph speed limit.
Zero waste, zero carbon with Christine Loh
Former under-secretary for the environment Christine Loh has a lot to say about waste, carbon, EVs and Hong Kong's taxi trade.