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.