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BikeonFriday (BoF) 1st Anniversary Ride

Speech by Chief Minister of Penang

At BikeonFriday (BoF) 1st Anniversary Ride

on 1st April 2016 (Friday)
At Queensbay Mall

Dato' Haji Mohd Rashid Bin Hasnon,
Deputy Chief Minister, Penang

YB. Dr. Afif Bin Bahardin
Penang State Executive Councillor

YB. Sim Tze Tzin
Member of Parliament for Bayan Baru, Penang

YB. Lim Siew Khim
ADUN Sungai Pinang

Doctor Francis Khoo
Captain of BoF (Bike on Friday)

Dato’ Dr Lim Seh Guan
Chairman of G Club Penang Cyclists

MBPP Councillors

Ar Yew Tung Seang
Director of Building Control Department, MBPP

Fellow cyclists of BoF, members of the press

Good morning to everyone.

The idea of the bicycle lane was first introduced by the Penang State Government in 2011 and was received with good response from the public. The State Government wanted to turn Penang into a ‘bicycle state’ and is committed to supporting this movement with better infrastructure.

So far, the Penang State Government and MBPP has backed-up the movement with concrete actions such as providing a network of green bicycle lanes around historical George Town. This ‘Bike on Friday’ program especially phase one of the Penang Bicycle Route Master plan was completed in year 2014.

Phase One includes a 12 km dedicated bicycle lane on the east coast of the island begining at Queensbay mall and ending in George Town. MBPP is now calling for an open tender to construct the second phase, which will allow cyclists to cycle from the Penang International Airport to Penang Second Bridge (Batu Maung) and Strait Quay.

The second phase will involve the construction of 3 bicycle bridges and approximate 39km bicycle lane. I am proud to be here with all of you this morning to celebrate the 1st Anniversary of BoF - Bike On Friday.

BoF were introduced on 20/3/2015 with a twin aims:

1) to promote, fine tune and encourage usage of the newly completed Queensbay Mall to Gama a 12 km dedicated bicycle lane,

2) to promote the idea of one bike = one car less on the road ie to get Penangites to adopt bicycling to work on Friday which is usually a traffic jam day.

BoF is now seeing a regular commuting group, approximately a team of 15 to 20 cyclists, captained by Dr Francis K.S Khoo and his merrry men - our Deputy Chief Minister 1 Dato Rashid.

The lane has been fine tuned over the last one year resulting in an uninterrupted ride throughout the whole 12 km. There was a big segment of "offroad" and a small "longkang" from the IJM lane to the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway and it is irritating having to dismount and push. The trail was paved and a bridge built over this segment and recently more bridges were built over a few big gaping spans courtesy of IJM and through the unrelenting efforts from our MBPP Building Control Director Ar Yew Tung Seang, MBPP Councillors and staff.

Let us have more BoF teams. Let us all ride together to turn Penang into Malaysia’s first cycling state!

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