Still a lot to do to make cycling safer in Penang

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Independent filmmaker Andrew Ng Yew Fan decides to cycle from Tanjung Bungah to Gurney Drive and this is what he found along the way.

Check out the obstacles and hazards he encounters including motorcyclists going the wrong way!

Still, he reaches Gurney Drive faster than he would if he had taken the bus…

So how do we make it safer for cyclists (and encourage more people to cycle) and how do we improve the bus service?

Your ideas please…

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Ho Wan Lai
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Ho Wan Lai

PF pls lobby for dedicate lane for bicycles not the present “Rojak” lanes shared among cyclists, pedestrians, those waiting for buses at bus stands, selfie taking tourists and sometimes plants/trees.

Thank you PF

tunglang
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tunglang

Ignorant fo PF efforts?
Pls check with them, don’t simply spin like Shriek!
Or Dedak Komtar is still to enough for a pair of Bata!

shriek
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shriek

Effort is to kau beh kau bu. Ec like ah pek grumble

shriek
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shriek

PF’s effort is to spin. Can be right and wrong. In the end bla bla bla. Spin about hillslope collapse. Pf thinks only hillslope will collpase. Graves will orso collapse like trench. Soil if not stable and exceed its strength will collapse. In report, safety officer notice soil crack weeks ahead before it happen. If no body take action, it will fail like jakarta stock exchange

shriek
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shriek

No point building durian otherwise it turn into white elephants. Easy to write lanes no good, better to tell others and get more people to cycle. With demand, then gomen can build more lanes. Now the demand is road for cars. Bicycles dont pay road tax. Few walk and bicycle

Kiong
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Kiong

Still a lot to do to make cycling safe in KL

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/kls-new-cycling-plan-hits-speed-bump

The new dedicated bicycle lanes in Kuala Lumpur share road space with other vehicles, making it dangerous to cycle in the city centre with aggressive motorists. There’s no real cycling culture in Malaysia so motorists aren’t used to dealing with cyclists, and that makes it unsafe.

Kiong
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Kiong

PF can go Holland to lawat/belajar how the Dutch has built a separate highway for cycling:

glissantia
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glissantia
Reality: The bicycle is an invention that transports healthy people (with minimal goods) in an easy, clean and cheap way; even 5-10 km is easy. You certainly do not need a helmet, special water bottle, fancy clothes or bike gizmos. Problem for capitalism: This is a potential nightmare. It may wreck car manufacturing, car parts, insurance, hire purchase, road rolls, petroleum, advertising, highway/road/LRT/MRT/tunnel/flyover construction/maintenance, etc. Half the value of petroleum comes from petrol which only small engines such as cars can utilise. The drop in accidents, smog, carcinogens and other poisons will hit the medical industry. Worst of all, the… Read more »
glissantia
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glissantia

Some approaches in USA:
https://www.alternet.org/culture/make-cities-bike-friendly

What is needed includes these:
– Taxing private, motor vehicles based on some combination of (a) excess travel beyond an allowance (which can be based on work) (b) vehicle payload (c) potential pollution (d) potential damage to roads.
– Restrictions on the idling of vehicle engines.
– Protected lanes and secure parking.
– Foldable bikes allowed into buses, trains vehicles and buildings.
– Wash rooms, e.g. at places of work.

shriek
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shriek

In countries like hong land and down under, public service vehicles must turn off engines if vehicle idle for more than 2 or 3 mins. Here dumno engineer and calvin are still living in caves in the education. Here boleh land there is no proper education. Semua boleh.

glissantia
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glissantia

Bus drivers are idling their engines for hours when stationary. Lorries and taxis are also guilty, though not as bad. Does this mean diesel is too cheap?

Zhang Meiyou
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Zhang Meiyou

Not practical, as for now, to cycle on Penang roads, for safety reason, since there are many inconsiderate motorists.

shriek
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shriek

Why must cycle fast? Mat rempit? Ah pek or semi ah pek or ah moi cycle to enjoy or to work. Even road built may havd black spots and to be improve.
Why not ask council if the lanes are audited for safety.
Again rider noted cyclists are riding the wrong way. That is the problem with nat. education. No reform and no proper teaching.
What say PF?

tunglang
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tunglang

You are not a cyclist! What shriek too much incomprehensible noise?
Tak malu punya orang!

shriek
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shriek

Kettle call others black. I have been cycling and taking public transport and my conscience is clear but not tun lang over accusation.

Mah HS
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Mah HS

Anil has been cycling around Jerejak and Feringgi issues, but somehow very reluctant to venture into GE14 discussion. Not sure if a certain pressure is causing the inertia?