New eco-route allows cyclists to enjoy safe ride

Property News/ 7 December 2011 Leave a comment

Avid cyclists can now have an enjoyable ride on the new eco-bike trail at the Balik Pulau Sports Complex in Penang.

Penang Municipal Council Recreation, Tourism and International Affairs director Mohamed Akbar Mustapha said the council spent approximately RM30,000 to put up 51 signboards for cyclists along the 20.5km bike trail.

“With the launching of the eco-bike trail, we expect the number of cyclists to increase as they can now enjoy a leisurely ride and admire the beautiful scenery safely without worries.

“The council will work with the Malaysian Association of Hotels (Penang Chapter) and the Penang Tourist Guides Association to promote Balik Pulau as a bicycle-friendly tourism spot,” he said at the recent launch.

The trail was launched by Penang State Assembly Speaker Datuk Abdul Halim Hussain at the complex.

“Cyclists will pass through padi fields and a mangrove forest.

“About 80% of the trail is off-road,” said Abdul Halim.

He said he made several suggestions to the council to improve the track such as installing lights along the stretch and building rest areas such as gazebos for the convenience of the cyclists.

“It is hoped that Penang will have the best bike trail in the country and become a bike-friendly city by 2015,” he said.

Source: The Star

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