Bicycle Lane...Perceived to be safe?

1. Whenever the topic of bicycling to work being brought up, one of the comments would be "it's too dangerous unless we have bicycle lane". Let's talk about Malaysian environment. Honestly, I haven't been or even ride in Copenhagen or Netherlands or even Japan or other parts of the world, so I can't comment. But will we ever get the Bicycle Lane in Malaysia? I personally think it will be very very unlikely. Even the buses didn't get more bus lanes and now some areas have been scrapped. And it doesn't look like being enforced coz it seems that no one bother to follow the laws.

2. How about motorbike lanes then? The number of accidents are the highest among the motorcyclists but I don't see that many motorbike lanes being built yet. So, you think you can get bicycle lane? Yes, we have bicycle lane in Taman Tun Dr Ismail and Putrajaya. But see for yourself the condition especially in Taman Tun and it's not solely dedicated to bicycles.

3 We have a notion and perceived that when we ride in a bicycle lane that we will be safe. We are worry of being struck from behind. Yes the possibility is there but it's rare. It can happen for example if riding unlit at night. Personally, I believe that accidents would be more likely at the following areas:

4. Round About


Always use your hand to indicate the direction that you are going. Motorists can't read your mind!

5. T-junction


Take your time especially when you are turning right.

6. Road under constructions


Normally the road becomes narrow. Be assertive. Claim your space.

7. Motorbike lane at Toll booth


Look back. Maintain eye contact with the motorcyclists. Flag your hand to request motorcyclists to give way to you.

8. Spilt Road


Since I am always riding at the extreme left, I would just sometimes push my bike to the edge of the split road.

9. Maybe we need wider emergency lane but improving your skills at the areas mentioned above is a must.

6 comments:

Tan Kien Boon said...

On my way driving from Border to Krabi in Thailand.. Notice lotsa roadsign for motorbikes and bicycles. The emergency lane is for motorbikes and bicycles.Some area there is no emergency lane for motorbike and bicycle but with the signboard on it. It does however alert the awareness as a vehicle driver to watch out for them. I think Pemandu Berhemat is nicely coin for everyone of us.

azizan fixie said...

TKBoon

my personal experience 95% of the motorists give way to me...provided with all those gears i.e helmet, gloves, sunglasses, blinkers, headlights and reflectors.

Beskal Chap Ayam said...

that malaysia. Belum tentu selamat kayuh di jalan rasa malaysia ni

azizan fixie said...

BCA

Accidents can happen anytime anywhere. We can also be bedridden due to critical illness etc. Living a sedentary lifestyles could also kill you. So far my personal experience 95% of the motorist give way to me. Urban cycling requires Effective Riding Skills. Btw, if you hear/witness a pedestrian being hit and kill, will you stop going out from the house and stop walking?

yipwt said...

I've been cycling in KL for the past few times on a road bike. So far no ugly incident yet.

You just need to be visible to the rest. I don't worry about car too much, but it's the bikers whom you need to look after.

We should encourage more to use cycling as a means to get to somewhere. Cars is just a nuisance.

azizan fixie said...

Yipwt

Agreed with you. Being VISIBLE is the utmost important. Putting on all those gears i.e helmet, glove, reflectors, blinkers, headlight and maybe sunglasses helps to make you visible. It also indicate that you are a serious rider and concern about safety. Thus earn that respect from others.

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