Friday, 17 February 2012

Two Wheels

Popular two wheels seen around Japan

The same popular two wheels is only used by us locals for sports activities. Hard to see local people commuting with bicycle nowadays. Most of us think that cycling as a means of transport is like having a death-wish but there are some plucky people who do cycle to work. It's a good sign.
We tend to prefer this two wheels. Single rider, rider with a pillion rider (or maybe two or three!) @.@

30 comments:

  1. I enjoy cycling! My university is about to forbid the students to use motorbikes in the area of the university so we will have to park outside and bike to go to the faculty. :p

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    1. Cycling is better - for health and the environment too. ;)

      But why is motorbikes about to be banned by your Uni? Plenty of riders that lack safety consciousness, I suppose?

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    2. Oh no! The uni wants to keep the large Uni are less polluted.

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    3. Good idea! Should support it - pedal power! ;p

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  2. I think cycling in Malaysia in the hot weather is too uncomfortable! It's different in Japan and cooler countries : )

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    1. Hallo, foongpc! Rurousha from Tokyo here. We have temperatures of up to 38 degrees Celsius in summer, with a humidity that kills. (+_+) Tokyoites just keep cycling, and they seem to do it without breaking into a sweat. I observe in (sodden, exhausted) awe and admiration. :)

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    2. I agree Rurousha!

      Anyway, cycling in the cold winter season wouldn't be comfortable for me. And if it rains, much worse. @.@

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  3. Besides, with the way people drive, it's a risk to cycle! Unless in the parks then that's OK : D

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    1. But I agree that cycling here, what with Malaysian drivers' attitude can be a rather dangerous thing to do.

      Vehicle owners seem to think that the roads are only for cars and nothing else. :(

      Need to look out for crazy bus drivers too.

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  4. But I have a friend who cycle to work everyday! He starts early at 6am before the traffic jam and before it gets hot : )

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    1. Much respect to your friend!

      There are a number of cyclists at the office tower where I work but most of them are foreigners. The Mat Salleh one, not the Bangla ones...

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  5. yay, it's friday and it's time for tales of the two cities!!

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    1. Yeay! And this segment is specially for SK. :)

      Got next week's done already also ^^

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  6. very true, hardly see bicyclist on the road at all!! all already converted to motorcyclist..

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    1. Ride motorbike no need to exert extra effort mah.

      During my shcool time, I ride the bicycle. The rest of my siblings got upgraded and use motorbike instead. Not fair!

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  7. one big reason is that, over here it won't be safe.. firstly, there isn't dedicated bicycle lanes.. secondly, the way malaysians drive on the road is actually a threat to the safety of cyclists..

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    1. Hallo, SK! We don't have dedicated cycling lanes in Tokyo either. Our cyclists just use the sidewalks! It freaks me out, but I have to add: I've tried cycling on the roads myself and it's a seriously scary experience, even with well-mannered (compared to my native South-Africa) drivers. PS: Lina, sorry, I've hijacked the comments thread! ^^

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    2. Some brave souls need to "risk" their lives first to make a point that cyclists deserved to right to be on the road as much as motorbikes.

      And Rurousha, at least we can still walk on the pavements in Japan. Pedestrian pavements are usually hijacked and used as illegal parking for both bikes and cars. :(

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  8. I enjoy cycling when I was kid, those bicycle with extra 2 mini wheels hahaha :D

    I wish I know how to ride a bicycle. Last time I am just too lazy when I study on highschool and . . . my highschool time is bad XD

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    1. LOL

      I used to cycle to school. But nowadays, I'm not confident of my cycling skill. In parks or empty roads like in Putrajaya can lah. In Bangsar - it's like a death wish! ;p

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  9. I really admire Japan and its pedal power. I just wish those mamacharis would WATCH WHERE THEY'RE GOING and remember (IDIOTS!) that PEDESTRIANS HAVE RIGHT OF WAY ON SIDEWALKS!

    Bladibarsket!!! ヾ(。`Д´。)ノ彡

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    1. It's even scarier dealing with cyclists in China, esp in the bigger cities. They are like locust swarm. @.@

      But I agree with you. Pedestrian should have the right of way. And instead we are constantly need to be aware to dodge cyclist coming from the back and front.

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  10. Great way to avoid traffic and keep fit! There is a guy at my office who cycle to and from work everyday. I wish I could do that too but I'm not good enough a cyclist.

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    1. I wish I could do it too, but like you I'm not confident abut riding on busy roads. :)

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  11. My dad sold some bicycles too and unfortunately his eldest (that is me) don't know how to ride one. Lol!

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  12. I can't cycle even if my life depended on it. Now, running on the other hand ... LOL!

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  13. But then, no dreams of entering the triathlon someday Nick? xD

    Yeah - you are definitely awesome running! :)

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  14. Until we get proper bicycle lanes here, cycling on the streets is not safe. A friend's son was killed near their home in the suburbs. The driver of the speeding Beemer was an 18-year-old without a driver's licence at that.

    Another friend had to drive slowly behind his children (teenagers) when they go out cycling for exercise/recreation - in the suburbs too.

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    1. There need to be awareness by both drivers and cyclists. I've seen cyclist cycling dangerously, and without lights in the morning.

      Realistically, we need to have a cycling community (i.e more people doing it) to make bicycle lane feasible.

      On another note - there are bicycle lanes all around Putrajaya but I rarely seen anyone cycling there!

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