CAP: Govt urged to smoothen ride for cyclists

Posted on June 25, 2010. Filed under: Climate Change |

-The Star-

THE Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is calling on the state government to increase efforts to promote cycling and encourage more people to commute by bicycle.

Unfortunately, local cyclists face many obstacles, CAP president S.M. Mohd Idris said.

“The government must have bicycle lanes on all new roads and highways, modify existing road kerbs to accommodate bicycle-cum pedestrian paths, provide clear signages on bicycle routes, and introduce road designs that promote a safe and well-lit environment for cycling.

Healthy option : Idris (wearing songkok) posing for a group photo after announcing the cycling campaign in Balik Pulau.

“There should also be traffic calming measures to reduce automobile speeds,” he said.

He was speaking during a recent ‘CAP Bicycle Campaign’ press conference.

He said it was necessary to protect the safety of cyclists by restricting the use of motorised vehicles on the road during peak hours.

“There must also be safe, convenient and cheap parking spaces for bicycles.

“Much good can be derived from cycling as it improves health, preserves the environment, saves fuel and transport cost and is fun,” he said.

The ‘CAP Bicycle Campaign’ starting at Dataran Masjid Daerah, Balik Pulau, will be held on July 25 at 8am.

Participants will cycle through Balik Pulau Town and end up at the starting place covering a distance of 14km.

The campaign is organised by CAP with the co-operation of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (Penang Office).

Idris said CAP had been organising this campaign since 2006 and had always received enthusiastic support from various sectors of society.

“We are promoting this campaign in the towns, rural areas and residential areas throughout the country to make cycling a popular form of recreation as well as a means of transport.

“This campaign is aimed at encouraging people to cycle to school or work especially if it’s within short distances,” he said, adding that Malaysians did not get enough exercise.

Participation in this campaign is free and every participant will receive one T-shirt and certificate.

Participants must be at the starting point by 7am with their own bicycle.

Entry forms can be obtained from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (Penang Office)(Norazma/Othman: 04-5751911), CAP Office (Haji Mat Yusof: 04-8299511/019-4444625; http://www.cap.org.my), bicycle shops in Balik Pulau, Pejabat Belia Balik Pulau (04-8668244) and Jabatan Perpaduan (04-8668244).

All completed forms are to be submitted at the above mentioned locations by July 12.

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