Towards a bicycling Penang

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New bike lanes are appearing all around the state, and local authorities have a master plan to turn the island into a haven for bike riders.

It’s 10 in the morning on a golden Sunday, and around 10 people have streamed into Starbucks along Jalan Tanjung Tokong. They've just finished a 47km round-trip that began at daybreak in Tanjung Bungah, and which took them through the hilly terrain of Teluk Bahang towards the Tropical Fruit Farm – an area named “800” for its number of feet above sea level.

It’s a curious cast of city folk wearing black tights, helmets and brightly-coloured shoes wheeling in scores of souped-up bicycles. They are members of G Club Penang – cyclists who, along with an estimated 700 other Penangites, wake up early on weekends to pedal along different routes around the state.


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