New Cycling Lanes are Changing the Penang Experience

loading

This bridge, spanning over Sungai Pinang, comprises two S-sections connected to gentle ramps running parallel to the river on both sides. Instead of just a straight route, you get the bridge and some crooked lanes, and that’s what makes these cycling lanes interesting.

We test the East Coast Cycling Lanes and find them to be surprisingly up to snuff.

Penang is leading other Malaysian states in promoting cycling and does that by trying to provide good cycling infrastructure. In August 2013, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng implemented the idea of shared cycling lanes. These are lanes outlined with green paint on existing roads to indicate that they are shared. At the launch, Lim also hinted at more to come, and this has partly materialised in the form of dedicated cycling lanes on the east coast of Penang Island.

With these lanes, locals can commute to work safely and easily. To further encourage cycle commuting, there is a regular “Bike to Work on Friday” routine that has been going on for more than a year. Participants meet at Persiaran Karpal Singh and then cycle in groups to work.


To read the rest of the article and to access our e-Archive, subscribe to us for RM150 a year.



Related Articles

FEATURE
Oct 2016

Brightening the Future of the Blind

Persatuan Tongkat Putih aims to empower the visually impaired.

FEATURE
Oct 2014

Making Penang a slave-free state

Penang is not immune to human trafficking, but there are dedicated people involved in trying to eradicate this vice.

FEATURE
Aug 2014

Heritage kept right

Heritage is not only about preserving an old building's infrastructure. It's also about preserving the intangibles.

FEATURE
Nov 2016

Trishaws – Another Sunset Industry

One repairs trishaws, the other pedals them. Both share uncertain futures in an industry on the wane.