PETALING JAYA: The safety of cyclists depends on their own behaviour while on the road, says a 40-year-old businessman who has been cycling to work every day since 2011.
Wong Hau Young, an avid cyclist since his teenage years in Ipoh, is also one of those who do not wear a helmet, as he finds it unnecessary.
“There are those who are doing it professionally complete with cycling gear and helmet, and there are the children who modify their bicycles to race.
“As for me, I am just a bicycle user. I don’t use a helmet because I don’t find it necessary,” said Wong who cycles to work and to destinations within a 25km radius of his apartment in Desa Pandan, Kuala Lumpur near here.
Wong traded the comfort of a car for his bicycle six years ago after getting frustrated with the city traffic.
For him, a cyclist must know which roads are too busy and unsafe, and to look for alternative routes.
The PLUS Highway website lists bicycles as a “slow moving vehicle” along with trishaws and tractors, which are not permitted on its highways.
Wong said each month, cyclists in the city gather for a night ride called “Critical Mass” as part of a global movement that aims to raise awareness for cyclists.
From the starting point at Ampang Park, the cyclists will ride together slowly to Dataran Merdeka.
“We will occupy one lane on the road. This movement is to remind other motorists that there are still other people who are not in cars or motorcycles using the road,” he said.
In JOHOR BARU, police have warned the public not to attend any illegal gathering to show support for the mat lajak groups or make degrading remarks that can disrupt investigations on the fatal accident that killed eight teenage cyclists there.
The term mat lajak refers to teenage cyclists who race on modified bicycles without brakes.
Johor Baru (South) OCPD Asst Comm Sulaiman Salleh said police have identified two persons for calling for an illegal assembly as a sign of solidarity towards the mat lajak while opposing enforcement against them, and for posting insulting remarks about the police.
Sulaiman warned that firm action would be taken against anyone involved in organising or attending the rally.