To promote cycling and encourage more people to commute by bicycle, the Government can implement policies that benefit cyclists.
The following are some steps that have already been taken in other countries to promote bicycle-friendliness and cyclist safety, which the Malaysian government can also adopt:
Cycling is good for health. For one, it reduces death risks. In Denmark, a 15-year study associates cycling with a 40% reduction in mortality for both sexes over all ages (Archives of Internal Medicine, 2000).
CAP together with the Department of Environment, Penang and the Penang Office of the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism is organising the Bicycle Campaign 2012 in conjunction with this year’s World Environment Day on 15 July, 2012 at Kepala Batas, Penang.
Participation is free and open to all. Come and be part of the movement for good health and environmental and economic sustainability.
Malaysia is getting more urbanised and motorised today. Our towns and cities are now planned with the needs of cars in mind instead of people’s needs — easily half of the space in our cities is now used for cars. This leads to urban sprawl, which causes even more noise and air pollution that lowers our quality of life.