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growth over the years at the sites where it all be­gan. The tour starts at 9am and takes 2Ω hours.

JALAN-JALAN @KAM­PUNG BARU

Founded in 1899, Kam­pong Baru is the old­est Malay res­i­den­tial area in KL. De­spite mod­erni­sa­tion, it re­mains un­touched with a typ­i­cal vil­lage at­mos­phere.

Dur­ing the walk, you are ex­posed to sev­eral in­ter­est­ing sites in­clud­ing Mas­ter Mat’s House (a tra­di­tional Malay house built in 1921 by a for­mer head­mas­ter of an English school in Se­ta­pak), Ke­lab Sul­tan Su­laiman Gallery (which show­cases the his­tory of the Malay po­lit­i­cal strug­gle), Rumah Li­mas

(an­other tra­di­tional Malay house built in 1913), Malay Food Street (Jalan Raja Muda), Masjid Jamek Kam­pung Baru and the evening street bazaar (on Jalan Raja Alang). The tour be­gins at 4.30pm.

OLD KL AND NAT­U­RAL WALK

Be­fore KL be­came the bustling me­trop­o­lis it is to­day, the old city was dot­ted with set­tle­ments linked by small tracks through the rain­for­est.

Ex­plore eight his­tor­i­cal land­marks — Loke Chow Kit Man­sion, Jamek Mosque, Old Marker Square, Cen­tral Mar­ket and Kas­turi Walk, Sin Sze Si Ya Tem­ple, Pe­tal­ing Street, Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion Mu­seum

EN­GINES DON’T AP­PLY

Car-free morn­ings in two cities al­low the public to run, cy­cle and stroll on roads oth­er­wise used by cars.

KUALA LUMPUR

A move to pro­mote greener KL as well as a healthy life­style, the car-free morn­ing is held ev­ery first and third Sun­day of each month.

From 6am to 9am, about 5km of ma­jor roads in the city cen­tre are closed for var­i­ous

ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing cy­cling, jog­ging, walk­ing, rollerblad­ing, roller­skat­ing and skate­board­ing.

SHAH ALAM

Ev­ery sec­ond Sun­day of the month, be­tween 6am and 9.30am is car-free morn­ing with sev­eral routes lead­ing to Dataran Ke­merdekaan in Sec­tion 14 closed. Cy­cling, walk­ing and aer­o­bics are among the ac­tiv­i­ties that are held dur­ing the time.

Shah Alam City Coun­cil pro­vides bi­cy­cle and roller-blade rental ser­vices.

CY­CLING

Get your bi­cy­cles ready for some time on two wheels.

KUALA LUMPUR

Opened in 2015, the 5.5km bi­cy­cle lane stretches from Mid Val­ley City to Dataran Merdeka. The route passes through the Klang River, Brick­fields, Kom­pleks Dayabumi com­pound and Le­buh Pasar Be­sar.

There are plans to add two bike paths — a 4km route from Wangsa Maju to Ta­man Me­lati and an­other 2km stretch from Wangsa Maju to Ta­man Batu Muda.

SHAH ALAM

The Shah Alam City Coun­cil has con­structed a ded­i­cated 10km bi­cy­cle lane as part of its ef­forts to pro­mote a healthy life­style in the city.

The lanes — con­structed in 2013 — con­nect Sec­tion 4, to Shah Alam High Court, Ta­man Tasik Shah Alam, the com­mer­cial cen­tre in Sec­tions 14 and 2. In fu­ture, the lanes will be ex­tended to Sec­tion 20.

KE­PONG

The Ke­pong Metropoli­tan Park cy­cling lane is suit­able for those who are still learn­ing and those who have dif­fi­culty rid­ing a bike.

The park of­fers an area around the foun­tain where they can learn with­out wor­ry­ing

about bump­ing into cy­clists. It has a 3km cy­cling path around the lake.

JOIN A RUN­NING GROUP

If you hate run­ning alone, there are sev­eral run­ning groups you can join. It is a fun way to en­joy your favourite ac­tiv­ity, meet peo­ple and learn more about run­ning tech­niques.

KLCC RUN­NERS GROUP

Be­come a mem­ber of KLCC Run­ners Group for free and join the group run on first and third Sun­day ev­ery month dur­ing KL Car­free morn­ing.

The group also or­gan­ises weekly events for mem­bers which in­clude: Pose Method Run­ning Clin­ics (by cer­ti­fied train­ers), In­te­grated Yoga (de­signed for run­ners), HIIT de­signed to in­crease core strength and Run­ning Work­shops. For de­tails, go to www.kl­c­crun­ners.com

KY­SERUN KREW

The group started in 2013 as a train­ing run for a Kyser Rugby club. How­ever, with a lack of par­tic­i­pants, the re­main­ing mem­bers de­cided to set-up a run­ning group.

The group runs twice a week in Sri Har­ta­mas and Ta­man Tun Dr Is­mail. It has ex­pe­ri­enced run­ners to mo­ti­vate and guide new­bies on the right ways to run.

Most of the train­ing and events are com­mu­ni­cated via its Face­book Group — www. face­book.com/ky­serunk­rew

KLANG VAL­LEY RUN­NING CLUB (KVRC)

The club was formed in 2013 as a plat­form

for mem­bers to ex­change news on the lo­cal run­ning scene. Since then, as more peo­ple joined in, the team has its own jersey and has trav­elled in­ter­na­tion­ally. The group mostly joins night run in the Klang Val­ley.

Go to https://www.face­book.com/ KVRC­malaysia

FREE AER­O­BICS AND

TAI CHI SES­SIONS

Kuala Lumpur City Hall Depart­ment of Cul­ture, Arts and Sports or­gan­ises free weekly aer­o­bic and zumba ses­sions at parks un­der its man­age­ment.

The pro­gramme is held ev­ery Sun­day at 8am at Ta­man Metropoli­tan Ke­pong, Ta­man Botani Per­dana, Ta­man Tasik Am­pang Hilir, Ta­man Tasik Ti­ti­wangsa, Ta­man Tasik Per­maisuri, Ta­man Kera­mat, Ta­man Tasik Man­jalara, Ta­man Lem­bah Kiara, Ta­man Rekreasi Bukit Jalil and Ta­man Rekreasi Pudu Ulu.

There are also free aer­o­bic ses­sions at Ta­man Lem­bah Kiara in Ta­man Tun Dr Is­mail ev­ery Sun­day from 8am to 9am

Free tai chi and aer­o­bics are held ev­ery­day in Ta­man Tasik Shah Alam from 7.30am to 8.30am

Ex­pe­ri­ence the Kam­pung Baru walk­ing tour.

PIC­TURE FROM WWW.TRAV­EL­INGTH­RUHIS­TORY.COM

Ninebot rid­ers dur­ing KL Car-free morn­ing.

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and KL For­est Eco Park. The walk starts at 9am and ends at 11.30am.

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Shah Alam bike lanes.

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Be­come a mem­ber of KLCC Run­ners Group for free.

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Tai chi ex­er­cises at Ta­man Tasik Shah Alam.

Ky­serun Krew run­ning group.

PIC­TURE FROM WWW.IN­STA­GRAM.COM/KY­SERUNK­REW

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