June 22, 2010

Where can we park our bicycles?

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!!

11 comments:

Ghosty Nana said...

Sibu is where globalisation can compromise with the past.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Hi Ghosty nana
It is good that while there are beautiful car parks for good cars and other four wheelers there is a small place in Sg. Merah where the humble bicycle is given a proper parking bay. Nice feeling.

Bengbeng said...

actually i have been considering getting one of those high tech bikes but a bit worried my ah pek image will clash with the bike

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Hi Bengbeng
Your image can be hidden under a good helmet...and as for body...it is as good a young man's...

Seriously...riding a bike is for any one and any age...I notice a couple of Mat Sallehs...they must be like 60* and they are doing fine together in tandem here. I really admire their togetherness.

Ann said...

When I was in form one, I didn't have a bicycle, my girl friend did. One day her bicycle was stolen, The _____ principal had to audacity to tell her that may be because she didn't lock her bike.

I eventually inherited my oldest sis bike. I recall we all went to buy her bike at Blacksmith road from the Gohs. Somehow, the Goh's persuaded her to buy a red one.He told her red is for girls. And she listened, and hated it since. Now we joked that nobody wanted a red bike, and the man _____ her.

Ann said...

Remember how dangerous it was to cycle two abreast and holding our wooden/paper umbrella?

I an so weary of cyclist here. We have some cyclist lanes.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

hahahaha Ann...you really made me laugh...When we reflect on how adults talked in those days....we have to take every thing with a pinch of salt..their words were not law...but then weren't we all taken for a ride by them...or ....up by them?

Businessmen have all means to cheat the gullible purchasers...Today they have to "cheat" the poor and the uneducated...and run laughing to the bank.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Yes I remember that and one terrible accident - how one girl in front of Catholic High School was dragged under a bus because of an umbrella...and her head was crushed...oooooops....

Ah Ngao said...

during my last trip to Sibu for Ching Ming,i did noticed a few ladies on bicycle at Sibu town.during the 70's or 80's,many ladies rode bicycle to work at offices/banks in Sibu town...those were the days

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Ah Ngao
Nowadays many ladies who are intelligent use bicycle to get their groceries near by...no need to use too much petrol!! Pedal power!!

Sg Merah ladies are great!!

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