SELANGOR state government officers have started cycling and using public transport to the office once a week under the Program Pengangkutan Awam Sekali Seminggu.
Fifty of them were each allocated a foldable bicycle, backpack, raincoat, water bottle and safety gear to cycle to work in groups once a week.
State Economic Planning Unit (Upen) local authorities section deputy director Mas Sakdah Kamaruzzaman was excited to cycle once a week.
“This is my first bicycle and I only recently picked up cycling as a hobby.
“We will cycle in groups of 10 people at a time for safety reasons.
“The bicycles are just to help us get to the nearest public transport in the first kilometre and to the office in the last leg of the journey.
“I think I will have to wake up before 6am to leave my house and take the KTM and then cycle to the office,” she said.
Upen sectoral section assistant director Intan Nur Aqielah Ismail hoped her 6km weekly ride would make her more fit.
“I am looking forward to building up stamina with the weekly rides because it’s been a long time since I cycled. It’s going to be good exercise and since we are travelling in groups, its definitely safer for us ladies,” she said.
State executive councillor Datuk Teng Chang Khim said the initiative was done to encourage more people to utilise public transport.
“While we encourage the public to use buses and trains to work, our own officers should start to spearhead the initiative.
“This programme is just the start of a series of programmes that we will launch in due time,” he said.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali had said the aim in the next few years was to increase the number of people leaving their cars at home and using the public transportation.
“In a recent survey done with 384 respondents, less than 1% used public transport and only 0.8% cycled to work.
“We are trying to increase this ratio to 40% car users and 60% public transport users in the coming years,” he added.