Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Cycling: Rooting for a green route - The Star Newspaper

Chan Jer Ping sold his car in 2010 and bought a folding bike for a car free lifestyle. Read some of his pointers on cycling to work here.

Chan Jer Ping on his folding bike. Photo: Soure - The Star

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Getting Commuters To Cycle - The Star

Getting Commuters To Cycle - Interviewed by The Star. Thanks to Journalist Kathleen A. Michael.

You can read full story here.

Thanks to Chan Jer Ping for this snapshot from the newspaper.

Friday, September 13, 2013



Thank you BFM 89.9 Radio for giving me this opportunity.

"It might seem like an impossible inconvenience to ride to and fro to work and to see clients every day, especially with our weather and traffic, but there are some who do and enjoy the health and environmental benefits. Azizan Abdul Aziz, cycling enthusiast, tells us more."

You can listen and download  it here.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Ordinary Bicycles, Daily Clothes

CycleFriday Cycling Culture Ride is about promoting bicycling as a lifestyle. Not as a sporting or recreational event.  Just ride ordinary bicycles and wear your daily clothes. Leave behind all those cycling tights and gears and sport bikes. Road bikes, Mountain bikes and Fixies are not allowed to join the ride. Cycling helmets are not allowed too.

You can ride in style too with your ordinary bicycles and daily clothes. This kind of image that I want to project during the CycleFriday Bicycle Culture Ride. Ride in style.

(Source: Ekinibi Arif)

(Source: MAr Ibrahim facebook)

 Source: GLC (Gombak League of Cyclists)

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

CycleFriday Cycling Culture Ride

For the year 2013, my goal is to help promote cycling culture. The strategy is to make a place as a model that can be emulated by other places. I was a bit lucky because the The State Assembly Member of Senggarang, Johor, YB Hj Ja'affar bin Hashim also have the same idea to promote cycling culture in his State Assembly. He has already launched on the 30th December 2012 a weekly cycling culture ride around Senggarang. There will be several different routes for the cyclists to enjoy riding around Senggarang and he planned to built bicycle lanes as well. I also have mooted the idea of having a place for camping area so that cyclists who are touring could stop by in Senggarang. The idea is to make Senggarang as a bicycle town and also a stopover destination for touring cyclists. This is in line with the government's effort of promoting cycling tourism. It could also improve the social economy of Senggarang's people.

Actually the idea of organizing bicycle culture ride came about when I was planning to organize CycleFriday Pista Ride in Batu Pahat, a long distance ride specifically for fixed gear bike, in March 2013. More on that in the coming posting. When I approached YB Ja'affar for assistance to have Dataran Penggaram Batu Pahat for the starting and finishing for the CycleFriday Pista Ride event, I was lucky to obtain 2 consecutive days approval by The Majlis Perbandaran Batu Pahat i.e on the Saturday 30th March and Sunday 31st March 2013.

So taking the opportunity of having the Saturday, 30th March to organize an event, I have decided to organize CycleFriday Cycling Culture Ride. So besides Senggarang, I have the opportunity to create awareness about embracing bicycle culture among the people in Batu Pahat town.

This ride is different from the fun ride normally organized by certain cycling groups. I forbid road bikes, mountain bikes and fixies to join this ride. Road bikes and Mountain bikes are meant for sports and recreations. Fixies has becoming more like a fashion or trend. So, they are not suitable to send the right message to the public and also to the government on bicycling as a lifestyles.We need to understand the differences between cycling as a sport and recreational and cycling as a means of transport. I also forbid wearing helmet during the ride as the bicycles they use for the ride i.e an upright riding position does not warrant for them to wear helmet for safety. Studies have also shown that mandatory law of wearing helmet for cyclists has reduced the number of people on bicycles. In fact, safety on the road when riding a bicycle is to avoid colliding with motor vehicles. You can read in lengthy about helmet issues at www.copenhagenize.com One of the articles is Helmets or Health.

What is more important is, in order to encourage more people to cycle on the road, we need to create the infrastructures that are safe for cycling. Thus, we hope that we could lobby for bicycle lanes from Batu Pahat town to Senggarang as our first step, then to Rengit, Benut and to Tanjung Piai, Pontian (The Southernmost Tip of Mainland Asia). This is actually a cycling tourism route. When people are feeling safe to cycle from Batu Pahat to Tanjung Piai, it will definitely increase the number of tourists on bicycles, thus helps in terms of cycling tourism particularly in Johor. We also hope that the government could built more camping sites for cyclists to stopover in Rengit, Benut and Pontian in line with this. It.will also help in the higher rate of occupancy for homestays and hotels. Not to forget, the people that operate food stalls along the way will also benefit.

So, come and support us for the first time ever, CycleFriday Cycling Culture Ride in Batu Pahat, Johor. The first step towards getting more people on bicycles. Just ride your ordinary bicycles and wear your daily clothes. This is not a normal fun ride, it's a ride with a clear objectives in mind.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Social or Fun Ride

Does social ride helps you to have the confidence to take the streets?

The more you ride on the road, the more confidence you become. You will understand the challenges and dangers of commuting on the road as well as how traffic responds to cyclists. Personally, I feel that all those social rides with the marshals and police escort will not help much for you to gain the confidence when you are riding alone on the road.

Yes, I could agree on the security point on view. However, during social rides with marshals and police escort around, with all the roads closed, we tend to enjoy more on the ride rather than thinking much about learning to negotiate with traffic. Social rides for recreational purposes are not meant to educate so much about road safety. It’s  just, we wanna have fun thingy.

How about social rides without all those helps? The group rides organized by those informal groups and clubs. As far as I know, all those rides are meant for sports and recreational purposes. It focuses more on performances and burning fats rather than on road safety. Yeah, maybe it might help in a small way but personally I think we need something more formal to teach people on how to ride safe on the road. We need a classroom sessions like the one when we are getting our driving license. We need practical trainings in a simulation situation. Remember long time ago we had the Shell Road Safety Contest?

When we have social ride with all those escort, we tend to send the message to other road users, Hey...look… it's fun to ride a bike, so come and join us! NOT so much to tell them, Hey...look…we are part of traffic, so do respect us when we cycle alone...yea. The problem here is we are marketing cycling as a sport and recreation thingy. Not so much as an alternative need transportation.

Will the cyclists clad in lycra clothing really earn the respect of other road users? Actually there is no need to. Just wear your daily clothes when you cycle. To earn the respect of motorists here, when we ride alone, we need to send the message that… Hey...I ride because I choose to ride not because I don't have a choice like the migrant workers. It will take time to change that kind of perception, and the way to do that is by
marketing bicycle as an alternative need transportation.

Riding as a transport

Monday, July 2, 2012

The Bigger Picture - Cycling Culture

It's not that difficult to spot this kind of cyclists in Batu Pahat, Johor.