I ECHO the call in “Shabery: Cycling gaining popularity” (The Star, Oct 10). I wish to see this as a way of life and the making of Malaysia a cycling destination.
For this to be realised, the Youth and Sports Ministry and the Tourism
Ministry must work together to popularise cycling as a lifestyle.
Cycling, as a mode of transport has long been popular in small towns across
the country, and as a sport, we have had tremendous world-class success.
Now, as a healthy pursuit and a new tourism product, it has shown some
promising signs ahead, despite the lack of infrastructure like biking lanes and
proper parking facilities.
Ever since biking was promoted as a tourism product by the Tourism Ministry,
there’s been the sprouting of bicycle shops or boutique selling cycling outfits
all over the country.
The craze seems to be catching on with youths and even the elderly, in their
quest for thrills and adventure or a healthy lifestyle.
It has often been said that Malaysians do not exercise regularly to keep fit
and healthy. This plus the alarming reports of obesity are best tackled by
popularising this healthy outdoor activity.
On the sports front, the achievement of national track cyclist Azizul Hasni
Awang at the recent London Olympics, proved that we’re on the right track for
the Rio Olympics.
The same can be said of biking tourism where if promoted properly will
generate more revenue for the tourism sector.
Tourism packages involving cycling will tend to create an “experiential” form
of tourism, where visitors can get close to the local people and places of
attractions at their own leisure and pace.
Source : The Star Online 12 October 2012
Bla bla bla : now cycling has become popular activities. I've seen growing numbers of cyclist night and day cycling around KL/Putrajaya.