STAR2’ s series of articles on the advantages of using bicycles and the Klang Valley’s LRT transportation system together has been getting a lot of feedback. The articles discussed advantages like no taxi fares or parking hassles, no waiting around for feeder buses or for someone to drop you off at a station – and, of course, it’s good exercise. Also addressed were issues of road safety, bike parking and even the worry of getting sweaty cycling to work. Here are links to the articles at star2.com: tinyurl.com/star2cycling1; tinyurl. com/ star2- cycling2; tinyurl. com/ star2- cycling3
Here are some reader reactions and thoughts from Facebook ( text has been edited for clarity and length): ALTERNATIVE transportation is possible, so stop complaining. Cycle to a LRT station!
RECENTLY, I saw a lady with a backpack on a foldie cycling to the LRT station. That was so cool. My hubby likes to tell people these days that if you speak to my wife ... she’ll talk about the LRT.
I love the proximity of the station to my suburban home and its growing connectivity within Greater KL. Can’t wait for the MRT to run soon.
Perhaps in the near future, besides parking lots, offices or shopping malls could have lockers in which carless commuters could put away their walking/ cycling shoes and clothes and change into work clothes?
Is it wishful thinking? Well, all great things started as a thought. When it happens, Malaysia would have transcended into a developed nation consciousness.
Hazel Ong- Archibald
WE need more articles like this to remind Malaysians that there are alternatives to driving everywhere. However, unlike Taipei or Tokyo, there is a lack of proper bike parking facilities at many of the LRT stations.
What I also like about the article is the mention of accessibility of local shops, especially in places where parking space is limited. Cycling increases access to local shops and that should help local businesses and make the local community more vibrant. Cycling from home and then parking and locking your bike at the LRT station is much more realistic because the platforms can only accommodate four carriages and they will eventually get too packed to take your folded bikes along.
The best solution is to have extensive bike rental or sharing facilities at LRT stations ( for example, Taipei has a successful YouBike system). So residents in suburbs can use their own bikes to cycle to the nearest stations ( and park there). After riding the LRT, when they get off anywhere, they’ll be able to use a Touch ’ n’ Go or something to rent a bike to cycle to their final destination.
IN San Francisco, the BART system ( their LRT) allows normal bicycles into the coaches. There are special areas allotted for them during nonpeak hours. Great article.
THIS is the best way to get around the Klang Valley. Let’s take the first step and help to reduce traffic congestion, improve our environment, make more efficient use of our travel time and improve our personal health and happiness. Give more respect to cyclists on the road. Let cyclists safely park our bikes when we go into malls. Help to share with other cyclists about danger spots, take videos of road bullies and spread them on social media.
Cycling is freedom. Cycling is discovery.
I WOULD suggest two things :
1. Put bike racks on the front/ rear of existing buses too. This is relatively easy compared to the LRT and it does not affect the space that can be occupied by humans. This will lessen the barrier to cycle commuting for those who live outside of KL.
2. Sell inexpensive season passes to people who wish to carry bicycles on LRT during peak hours to commute.
This way the authorities can get a good idea of how many dedicated cycle- train commuters there are out there and make the necessary plans to improve the infrastructure for them in future.
Danial Arif Shahrin
WHEN there aren’t enough proper bike parking racks at LRT stations, cyclists have to lock their bikes on poles and fences. If Prasarana can spend tens of millions to build a multi- storey car park, I hope they can provide more ( cheap) bike parking racks too.
Chan Jer Ping