In the News: George Town on wheels

http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2009/2/23/north/3324356&sec=north

Monday February 23, 2009

By WINNIE YEOH

ABOUT 100 cyclists hit the streets in George Town’s heritage enclave in Penang and visited several places like the Khoo Kongsi, Cheong Fatt Tze mansion and the Kapitan Keling Mosque.

They were taking part in the ‘Heritage Experience On Wheels’ campaign led by Tanjung Bungah assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu.

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Ong (sixth right) and Teh (fourth right) leading the cyclists on a tour around George Town heritage enclave

They started their two-hour journey yesterday from the Victoria Memorial Clock Tower and proceeded along Beach Street, Church Street, Penang Street, Acheh Street, Canon Street, Lebuh Armenian, Carnovan Street, Kimberly Street, Cintra Street, Chulia Street, Love Lane, Muntri Street and Upper Penang Road.

Among the cyclists was bentrider Liew Min Kak, 47, in his eyecatching red trike.

The IT specialist’s TW Bent Arrow said the trike was relatively safe to ride due to the three wheels.

“Unlike the normal bicycle, the trike has three wheels and is more steady. It’s really comfortable too with the seat and pedals designed to give you a more comfortable sitting position.

“And it is safer too as cars will usually avoid coming closer to the unusual trike,” he said, adding that he spent RM4,600 to import it from overseas.

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Ready to explore city: Liew, on his three-wheel red trike, waiting for the start of the race with the other cyclists.

The event was organised by State Sports Council and co-organised by Penang Cycling Lifestyle Society and the Knights of the Round Table Club.

State Youth, Sports, Women, Family and Community Development Committee chairman Lydia Ong Kok Fooi, who also took part in the event, said the cycling campaign would be held on the last Sunday of every month.

“We want to provide a channel for the public to participate in healthy activities.

“We also hope that we will have bicycle tracks along main roads soon for the safety of cyclists,” she said, adding that she was knocked down by a car once and understands the risk cyclists have to face on roads.

For details, call Teh at 017-4729990.

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