Bi­cy­cle park­ing

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - OUTDOORS -

ONE small but im­por­tant is­sue that deters peo­ple from cy­cling is the lack of bike park­ing.

For ex­am­ple, cy­clist Jun Kit com­mented on the Rapid KL Face­book page:

“There are no se­cu­rity rails to chain bi­cy­cles at most LRT sta­tions ( es­pe­cially in Subang). I see bikes chained to emer­gency fire pipes or wa­ter pipes. This should NOT be the way. PLEASE think of a way to in­cor­po­rate bi­cy­cle park­ing fa­cil­i­ties into your sta­tions as soon as pos­si­ble.”

Rapid KL replied: “We have shared your con­cern with our team for fur­ther ac­tion. We ap­pre­ci­ate your pa­tience and un­der­stand­ing on this mat­ter.”

When test­ing out the new LRT line ex­ten­sion re­cently, I got off at the Pu­chong Jaya sta­tion and cy­cled to the nearby IOI Mall. A se­cu­rity guard then asked me to go to the mo­tor­bike park­ing area.

But the au­thor­i­ties and pri­vate build­ing man­age­ments need to un­der­stand that a bi­cy­cle is NOT a mo­tor­cy­cle. Bi­cy­cles are LIGHT and can eas­ily be car­ried away.

That is why cy­clists need to se­cure their dear metal beasts ( some can cost sev­eral thou­sand ring­git) onto metal racks at proper bi­cy­cle park­ing ar­eas. These places should be well- lit and vis­i­ble to peo­ple or se­cu­rity guards, not some grotty, dark, un­der­ground cor­ner where thieves can steal bike parts or cut the locks.

Cy­clist Hau Young com­mented that the Am­pang LRT sta­tion sees many peo­ple rid­ing their bi­cy­cles and park­ing there.

“There are spe­cial wave­like struc­ture or racks to lock bikes at the sta­tion,” he said.

Without proper bike park­ing ar­eas, cy­clists usu­ally have to find a fence, lamp post or rail­ing some­where to lock their bikes onto.

Some shop­ping malls do not wel­come cy­clists. Joseph Tan re­calls how one posh mall ( which claims to be eco- friendly) in the Bukit Bin­tang area of KL chased him and his cy­clist friends away.

“They didn’t al­low us to stop at their drive­way. One of our bikes had a punc­ture and we went to a rear lane. There they shooed us away, too.”

How­ever, other malls such as 1 Utama in Pe­tal­ing Jaya are sup­port­ive of cy­clists, and they even have spe­cial racks ( in full view of se­cu­rity guards) to park bi­cy­cles.

Cre­ative bike park­ing racks by Ideal prop­erty Group at Bayan Lepas, pe­nang. — Filepic

There are nice bike racks for cy­clists at the Am­pang LrT sta­tion. — HAu yOuNG

some shop­ping malls such as 1 utama in pe­tal­ing Jaya pro­vide proper park­ing racks for cy­clists.

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