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Published: Friday August 14, 2009 MYT 12:16:00 PM

Bicycle lanes needed in towns and cities

KUCHING: Towns and cities should have bicycle lanes to encourage more people to take up cycling, Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan said.

He said cycling was a healthy outdoor activity that not only had physical benefits but would help to reduce environmental pollution from cars.

"In our planning for towns and cities, we should create routes for bicycles. Town planners should take this into consideration.

"If more of us use bicycles, we will reduce car use and pollution while leading a healthy lifestyle," he said when flagging off the Kuching-Serian leg of the Health Department's Pan Borneo "Jom Kayuh" cycling expedition at the Waterfront here Friday.

He added that the state government would support efforts to promote cycling among families and youngsters.

"Various activities can be held to promote cycling, such as individual and team competitions and cycling expeditions to places of interest," he said.

The "Jom Kayuh" expedition started in Semporna, Sabah, on Aug 3 and will end in Pontianak, Kalimantan, on Monday.

Some 175 cyclists from Sarawak, Sabah, Labuan, Terengganu, Kelantan, Brunei and Indonesia are participating in the expedition.

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