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Saturday September 21, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Saturday September 21, 2013 MYT 11:03:07 AM
by azman ghani
FIVE employees from Star Publications (M) Bhd embarked on a “cycle-to-work” ride from Sungai Way to Section 16, Petaling Jaya yesterday.
Covering a distance of about 6km, the ride was to commemorate the World Car-Free Day 2013.
StarMetro deputy editors Eddie Chua and Sam Cheong, assistant editor Jacobus Raj, assistant chief photographer Kevin Tan and Staric staff Mohd Shazrin Mat Shom completed the ride and continued with their daily routine at work.
Chua said he had been training for the ride and the toughest stage of the route was the long slope in Section 16.
“We mapped out a simple route from Sungai Way to Section 16 in Petaling Jaya, avoiding the busy main roads during the morning rush hour.
“To get to Menara Star, we cycled past Jalan 222 and 223. We also rode through Section 13, Section 14 and Section 16,” he said.
He added that there was less congestion along the chosen route.
Tan, who is also captain of the Star Cycling Team, said road conditions along certain stretches were deplorable.
“There was road debris everywhere and we had to be really careful as metal shrapnel, broken glass and sharp pebbles could have punctured tyres.”
The group, added Tan, also had to avoid metal gratings along the roads in Section 16 that could trap their front wheels.
“There are some hidden dangers along Jalan Dato Abu Bakar, where the broken drain covers and steel gratings that are wrongly placed can cause serious injury if the cyclist is not alert,” he said.
On storing the bicycles in the office, Tan said the group was grateful to the management of The Star’s Editorial Department, which had granted them permission to store their bikes in the workplace.
“I have taken part in many cycling events, but cycling to work was a first for me.
“We hope that more employees of The Star will take on the initiative to reduce pollution while engaging in a healthy activity,” said Tan.
Mohd Shazrin, who was a first-timer, described the short journey as an interesting experience.
“I was surprised that we could reach the office faster than other vehicles that were stuck in the traffic jam.
“We rode in an orderly manner and there were no untoward incidents along the way,” he said.
This was the third time the Star Publications employees had cycled to work.
The initiative was first organised in 2011, followed by a ride along the same route last year.
World Car-Free Day falls on Sept 22.
Tomorrow, Kuala Lumpur City Hall and the Malaysian National Cycling Federation will be holding a mass ride and the Mayor’s Cup race in the Golden Triangle area in the city.
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