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  #1 Old 19-06-2008 Default Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's Cycling City?

The following shows the citation from a BBC yesterday's news:

Bristol named UK's 'cycling city'
"The government has announced that Bristol will be the UK's first official cycling city and there will be a further 11 cycling demonstration towns"

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In a day and age when global warming, climate change and depletion of natural resources is a much debated subject, many people may think of having turned to bikes as their preferred method of transport. Those who wish to do their bit for the environment are opting to cycle to work rather than drive or get public transport. This is just one of the many benefits of bikes, you can get from here to there without worrying about the effect that it is having on the environment. Do you think Kuala Lumpur can possibly become a cycling city like Bristol or you think this suggestion does not worth any consideration?
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The following shows the citation from a BBC yesterday's news:

Bristol named UK's 'cycling city'
"The government has announced that Bristol will be the UK's first official cycling city and there will be a further 11 cycling demonstration towns"

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In a day and age when global warming, climate change and depletion of natural resources is a much debated subject, many people may think of having turned to bikes as their preferred method of transport. Those who wish to do their bit for the environment are opting to cycle to work rather than drive or get public transport. This is just one of the many benefits of bikes, you can get from here to there without worrying about the effect that it is having on the environment. Do you think Kuala Lumpur can possibly become a cycling city like Bristol or you think this suggestion does not worth any consideration?
well, personally i like to cycle, on the condition that there are seperate cycling lanes and motor vehicle lanes. its dangerous enough for motorcyclists to share the same road with heavier vehicles, what more of bicycle riders. the dust and smoke on the road aside, the msian climate is not really suitable for cycling, unless you really want to exercise, sweat and get dirty, which, i prefer not to on the way to work.
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well, personally i like to cycle, on the condition that there are seperate cycling lanes and motor vehicle lanes. its dangerous enough for motorcyclists to share the same road with heavier vehicles, what more of bicycle riders. the dust and smoke on the road aside, the msian climate is not really suitable for cycling, unless you really want to exercise, sweat and get dirty, which, i prefer not to on the way to work.
Kinda agree with your point that Malaysian climate is verily not suitable for cycling as the weather has turned warmer recently, I am not sure the climatic condition in Kuala Lumpur, but it is kinda hot in my place here. In my humble opinion, our government may imitate some of the actions taken by English government, namely by transforming some of the cities or towns in our country by creating dedicated cycleway or other related facilities, not in Kuala Lumpur or Penang but aimming at a few newly-developed cities or towns. Having cycling cities in Malaysia is not an impossible mission, just the way how you implement it.
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Kinda agree with your point that Malaysian climate is verily not suitable for cycling as the weather has turned warmer recently, I am not sure the climatic condition in Kuala Lumpur, but it is kinda hot in my place here. In my humble opinion, our government may imitate some of the actions taken by English government, namely by transforming some of the cities or towns in our country by creating dedicated cycleway or other related facilities, not in Kuala Lumpur or Penang but aimming at a few newly-developed cities or towns. Having cycling cities in Malaysia is not an impossible mission, just the way how you implement it.
well i think putrajaya is quite well-planned. they have pedestrians and cyclists lanes there. and they even have the plans for future monorails. i think there should be more cities like putrajaya. just that since putrajaya is largely occupied by govt offices, there are not many people live there lah. but i think cities like Malacca, kangar and kuantan should have limit the cars entering the cities, and encourage people to cycle or walk. that is of course just my opinion
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well i think putrajaya is quite well-planned. they have pedestrians and cyclists lanes there. and they even have the plans for future monorails. i think there should be more cities like putrajaya. just that since putrajaya is largely occupied by govt offices, there are not many people live there lah. but i think cities like Malacca, kangar and kuantan should have limit the cars entering the cities, and encourage people to cycle or walk. that is of course just my opinion
I believe Putrajaya would be a good city for dwelling in the coming days if every plan you mentioned above in regard with the city is properly managed and implemented.
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I believe very city centre should implement a no-motorized zone where people can only walk, cycle or take the monorail. This step alone will reduce pollution drastically...
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if they can plant more tree to provide more shade and also provide extra lanes for bikes, a lot of people would be happy to ride bicycle in KL.
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I believe very city centre should implement a no-motorized zone where people can only walk, cycle or take the monorail. This step alone will reduce pollution drastically...
the problem is, there are not many places in KL, for example, provide parkings for vehicles. and last time they closed the bukit bintang road for weekends, and caused trouble. so they cancelled it.
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the problem is, there are not many places in KL, for example, provide parkings for vehicles. and last time they closed the bukit bintang road for weekends, and caused trouble. so they cancelled it.
There are enough public transportation that comes from outside of KL into it. The people don't necessarily have to drive all the way there. Just park at one of the LRT/KTM stations and take it there.

People should start to learn that cars are not a neccessity at all, but a priviledge. It's time to encourage a better and healthier Malaysia where people use more healthy ways to move themselves rather than getting more and more jammed on the streets.

That being said, i agree with trojan. There should be proactiveness among the government and also the private sector to plant more trees and build more shades for people to ride their bikes in. This will create a cooler climate which is more suitable for a cycling culture
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There are enough public transportation that comes from outside of KL into it. The people don't necessarily have to drive all the way there. Just park at one of the LRT/KTM stations and take it there.

People should start to learn that cars are not a neccessity at all, but a priviledge. It's time to encourage a better and healthier Malaysia where people use more healthy ways to move themselves rather than getting more and more jammed on the streets.

That being said, i agree with trojan. There should be proactiveness among the government and also the private sector to plant more trees and build more shades for people to ride their bikes in. This will create a cooler climate which is more suitable for a cycling culture
hehe. dont forget, there are people living in the middle of the city centre too.
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