Being Sibu born I am a great (bi)cyclist. And the bicycle still is a humble vehicle that is still being used in any part of the world without fear and favour. Sibu was once known as the bicycle capital of Malaysia. Today with affluence and various dangers associated with riding bicyles on the roads of Sibu the bicycle is almost non existent. May we really have to re-invent the bicycle for Sibu again!!
However one burning question in Miri and Sibu and several other parts of Malaysia is this: Where can we park our bicycle safely?
Almost all students cycled to school in 1950-1990's. The Methodist Secondary School used to have long covered bicycle sheds for the students. Today these sheds are all gone. Today it is normal to see huge cars blocking traffic on roads leading to the school. In fact not too long ago I stood at the school road junction and reflected : How I missed the school traffic wardens in the Methodist Secondary school who directed cyclists and motorists in the past. Indeed it was very good leadership training for the prefects in past years.
If I may say so it is a pity that many places do not offer parking for bicycles . But nevertheless the more green conscious people in Miri and other towns are beginning to take to this green vehicle. I do admire people who are beginning to ride bicycles every where. It is both healthy and economical. Along Luak Bay one Malay lady cleaner would be seen riding her cute bicycle every day. On weekends a large team of cyclists would cycle up to Bakam on their high tech mountain bikes.
I WAS DELIGHTED TO SEE THIS SIGN!! Sungei Merah in Sibu has one of these rare signs:
I was in Sungei Merah at 6 a.m. not long ago visiting its market and drinking in the cool morning air like I used to do in the past.
It is indeed lovely this see this sign....Thanks to the very thinking officers who thought of this. Well done!!