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Monday September 16, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Monday September 16, 2013 MYT 8:02:54 AM
by andrew sia
S.K. Yeong has to improvise with a bucket and pail or a water hose to take a bath in the toilet.
APART from road safety, there are two simple things that can be done to encourage cycle commuting.
First, is for workplaces to provide shower facilities. Cyclists don’t mind sweating in our climate after a great workout, but they need a place to bathe before starting work.
Cycle-commuter, S.K. Yeong, says, “All my workplaces have not had proper shower facilities, only clean toilets.”
So he bathes by improvising with a bucket and pail or a water hose in the toilet.
The second simple step to promote cycle-commuting is to have safe parking at offices. Many bicycles nowadays are worth several hundred or even several thousand ringgit.
Unlike motorbikes, bicycles are light and can be easily carried away, thus the need for racks where cyclists can chain their bikes.
In addition, bicycle parts are also expensive and easily dismantled or stolen. Therefore, offices (and shopping malls) which want to promote cycling need to ensure that bike parking spaces are bright and highly visible, within sight of security guards, and not tucked away in some dark basement.
This can be easily provided because, obviously, bicycle parking will take a little space – two car parking lots can provide space for over 20 bicycles! This capacity can even be doubled by using tiered racks.
Eco consultant Gregers Reimann says that bicycle parking facilities are not yet in place in Malaysia.
“Normally, one is asked to park together with the motor bikes, but there is no rail to lock the bicycle to.”
Nor Muzammil adds, “Rain or heat are not problems for me, as long as I can shower at work.”
For Yeong, he has to carry his bike up stairs to his workplace since there’s no safe parking.
Another work cyclist, Mohd Farid Rahmat, says, “I think having safe bike parking is more important than bike lanes!”
Safety comes first
Rooting for a green route
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