04 July 2008

Glimpses of Malaysia's bike culture

I (Marie) just spent two months in Malaysia - a predominantly motorized country. Bikes are spotted here and there - both bright 'Rock Bikes' with golden spokes and bling-bling colours and oldschool cargobikes. However, not being a Western country is no excuse not to work for a stronger bicycle culture. As this signpost says: Just do it!

Just Do It!
Tepung Gandum
Malay Rock Bikes
Stool Bike 2
Bike Attacks Forbidden
Babe Bonding w/ Bike

Also see our post on Oriental Cycle Chic at the sister blog.


Corey said...

Japan also has a very strong bike culture, although they are a bit lacking on dedicated lanes and other infrastructure. You can tell it's a true bike culture, because unlike us here in North America, nobody wears a helmet - meaning that not only is cycling safe, it's also an every day practice.

In my fours years living over there I didn't see one single bike helmet, Just very stylish people riding bikes for practical uses.

Velomama said...

Good point, corey!

Japan has indeed a very proud and stylish bike culture - as we've also blogged about before:


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Skpr7 said...

Its hard for Malaysia to build a strong bike culture as the main mode of transport we used are cars and motorcycles. The townships are connected by highways, so that alone prevents bike (unless its a motorcycle) on the road. Perhaps the only place to ride are in residential areas. However, the experience would not be as pleasant due to the cars parked on the side of the roads making the roads much narrower. This leaves the gardens & parks as the only viable option. The two countries in Asia that displayed strong bike culture would be Japan and China, followed by South Korea & Taiwan predominately in rural & suburban area.