More support for appeal to lift ban on cycling


I REFER to “Appeal for government to allow solo cycling” (The Star, June 24) and wish to join Datuk Wee Beng Gee in asking the government to lift the ban on cycling and allow solo riders to enjoy their preferred form of exercise should the first phase of the movement restrictions under the National Recovery Plan (NRP) be extended further.

Until June 1 when the full movement control order was imposed, I used to get up before 5 o’clock every morning to cycle for an hour along the perimeter road within the grounds of my condominium complex. I started early to avoid the morning traffic of people going to school or work.

With walking or jogging only allowed after 7am on June 1 and thereafter, there are now too many people exercising at the same time and it’s difficult to keep a distance from joggers breathing heavily when they run past me.

The 7am ruling is unnecessary, but I agree that the behaviour of people exercising in a group is often undesirable. Those who cycle or jog abreast of one another ought to be fined for not practising physical distancing and blocking other road users.

Those who cycle closely are also a danger to others and to themselves, as they expect others to notice their presence and give way to them.

Most of the time, motorists would notice them and give way, but there are instances when near misses have occurred.

Even if a car could come to a complete halt, accidents could still happen as a chain collision involving the vehicles behind.

But I really hope that solo cycling will be allowed if phase one of the movement restrictions under NRP is extended.

I have suffered from heart problems for the past 29 years and cycling is the perfect exercise that has kept me alive.

I am now in my 70s.

YS CHAN , Kuala Lumpur

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