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Monday September 16, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by andrew sia
Saiful Zulkifli makes full use of the bike lane along the Guthrie Highway.
Cycling to work saves you petrol, parking hassles, gym fees, and, oh yes, it protects the environment, too. What a way to celebrate World Car Free Day this coming Sept 22!
INSTEAD of sitting and stewing in a car for hours in endless traffic jams every day, S.K. Yeong decided to put that time to good use – by cycling to work.
“I was looking for time to exercise; that was the main reason I started cycling five years ago,” says Yeong, a business development manager (book retailing) who will be 55 in November. “It was a struggle initially as I’d not cycled for 30 years, but I do it every day now.”
He now breezes to work in just 20 minutes on his bike from his home in Bandar Sunway to his workplace at Jalan Kemajuan (both in Petaling Jaya), a distance of some 7km, a journey that would take him up to an hour in crawling rush hour traffic.
Part of the journey is along the bike lane of the Federal Highway which some stand-up comedians have called “the world’s longest car park”.
Saiful Zulkifli, a 33-year-old IT executive-cum-technician, cycles 35km to work every day from Puncak Alam to Shah Alam (Section 13), using the Guthrie Highway.
“I leave at 6.15am and it takes me about an hour and 10 minutes. It can even be faster than driving sometimes because in the mornings, there are traffic jams at places near Bukit Jelutong and TTDI Jaya. I whizz past them while they are stuck in their cars,” he smiles.
He estimates that he saves around RM650 per month on petrol, highway tolls, parking fees and car maintenance. “It’s practical because there is a bike lane along the Guthrie High-way and vehicles don’t disturb me.”
Saiful admits that he can also avoid the jams by using his motorbike.
“But I love cycling. I feel so free and relaxed getting to work every day. It’s more fun than driving for sure. I even get ilham (inspiration to solve problems) while cycling. And, of course, it’s healthy. I am adding mileage to my legs and my life!”
Lai Wai Keat, 27, only takes 20 minutes to cycle to work, whereas he would need 45 minutes to an hour (depending on traffic) if he drove.
His route takes him from SS2 and Section 17, Petaling Jaya, to the bike lane of the Federal Highway before he gets to Old Klang Road, where he is the country manager at Centro Sports, a bicycle distribution company.
For Chan Jer Ping, 39, parking problems motivated him to sell his car in 2010 and start cycling to work.
His daily commute is a 5km round trip within the suburbs of Cheras and Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.
“It makes practical sense to me, as I have difficulty finding parking space at both my workplace and around my home, too,” says Chan, who is in the retail business. “I tried walking before, but it was a sweaty affair. And there is no direct feeder bus between my house and office.
“The biggest incentive for me is financial. I save one tank of petrol per week, plus (I save on) car insurance and maintenance. And I get my daily dose of exercise without paying to join the gym.”
Nor Muzammil, 36, starts cycling to work at 5.30am from his home in Seri Kembangan, Selangor, and arrives at his office near Dewan Bahasa in Kuala Lumpur in an hour. “Cycling is fun and healthy,” says this car technician. “Rain, heat or sweat are not problems for me, as long as I can shower at work.”
Graphic designer Mohd Farid Rahmat, 34, whose office is only 5km away from his home in Kuala Lumpur, used to go to work by public transport. The LRT Station is just 500m from his house in Kampung Baru and he would take the train to the KLCC Station. From there, he would walk about 800m to his office.
“This journey used to take 30 to 45 minutes. But I can cycle to work in just 10 minutes,” he enthuses.
“So it’s very practical. I save time, money and my health!”
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