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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!

Joshua Tan

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.

Khairil Yu­sof

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.

Leonard Ra­jan

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.

Tzyya Won

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

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