Star rider: Sia, taking a longer but safer route to work, encounters some traffic near 1Utama. — MUHAMMAD ZULFADHLI/The Star
PETALING JAYA: Two journalists from The Star cycled to work in conjunction with World Car-Free Day to have a feel of how practical and safe the journey was.
StarMetro assistant editor Sam Cheong pedalled 28km over hilly terrain from USJ26 and reached the “finish line” in 90 minutes.
“I used the (separate) motorcycle lane along the Federal Highway and it was quite safe coming to office.
“The only problem was going back,” he said.
“Near Jalan Templer, the motorcycle lane was flooded after heavy rain while a dangerous downhill section at Guiness-Anchor was full of potholes,” said Cheong.
For Features Central chief reporter Andrew Sia, it was an 8km journey from his home in Bandar Utama to Menara Star in Section 16.
To his surprise, it took him only 25 minutes to arrive which was faster than when he drove to work.
And this by taking a longer route!
“For added safety, I avoided highways and cycled through residential roads near Taman Tun Dr Ismail.
“On the way back, I avoided highways by carrying my bike up and down two pedestrian bridges linking Section 17, PJ to Damansara Kim, and on to Uptown Damansara.
After arriving at Menara Star, the duo showered at the in-house gym before reporting to work in fresh clothes.
In Johor Baru, an early downpour cut short an attempt by Johor Baru (South) OCPD Asst Comm Zainuddin Yaacob and his 17 personnel to cycle to work.
They were supposed to reach the Sentral police station in the central business district about 15km from ACP Zainuddin’s house in Damansara Alif here.
He said the team could have completed the journey to the station within 20 minutes.
“However, even before we started our tour, dark clouds were already looming with strong winds,” he said.
ACP Zainuddin said the number of cyclists had been growing within Johor Baru district during the last few months.