Sai­ful Zulk­i­fli, 37, bi­cy­cle con­sul­tant

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He started cy­cle-com­mut­ing to work six years ago when he joined an IT com­pany in Sec­tion 13, Shah Alam. He cy­cled from and back to his home in Ban­dar Pun­cak Alam, Se­lan­gor, clock­ing up a to­tal of 70km ev­ery day.

“I saved up to RM600-RM700 monthly (in petrol, car main­te­nance and tolls) just by com­mut­ing to work. Plus I got to en­joy the fresh air in the morn­ing and the fun!” he en­thused.

Sai­ful has since opened his own bi­cy­cle work­shop, Top­tube, which of­fers door-to-door bike pick-up, ser­vice, sales and ac­ces­sories, at Ban­dar Pun­cak Alam.

He ad­vised, “Don’t wear or carry any fancy bags or be­long­ings that will only at­tract those with bad in­ten­tions. I use a nor­mal dull-coloured back­pack which can safely keep my things. And al­ways be alert and aware of your sur­round­ings.”

In the days when he cy­cled to work, he would bring his of­fice clothes in his back­pack.

“When I ar­rived at the of­fice, I would just shower and change,” he re­called.

To safe­guard against un­ex­pected things like bad weather or punc­tures, he would carry emer­gency tools in his back­pack, in­clud­ing a spare tube, mini hand pump, mini multi-tools, and also a rid­ing rain­coat.

“The most im­por­tant fa­cil­i­ties to en­cour­age more cy­clists to com­mute to work are ded­i­cated bike lanes and safe bike park­ing fa­cil­i­ties in brightly lit ar­eas,” said Sai­ful.

“It’s great see­ing cycling ac­tiv­i­ties like Ride for Malaysia, and even the Car Free Day in KL and Shah Alam, which en­cour­age peo­ple to cy­cle,” he added.

— Pho­tos: SAI­FUL ZULK­I­FLI

Sai­ful used to cy­cle 70km to get to and from work daily.

Sai­ful Zulk­i­fli, an avid cy­clist, shows how he packs his back­pack for com­mut­ing to work.

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