Putrajaya, Jan 8: Putrajaya is popular among cyclists these days, with more and more people riding their cycles on weekends in this city.
Added with facilities like bicycle lanes, bicycles for rent, a BMX circuit and an off-road cycling track, the administrative capital is an alluring destination for cycling enthusiasts.
Therefore, it is not surprising to see cyclists from Klang Valley and other parts of the country in Putrajaya. In fact, there are a number of cyclists from Singapore and Indonesia too.
Some of the popular cycling events in Putrajaya include the Putrajaya Inter-Park Ride, Putrajaya Critical Mass and MTB Jamboree @ Putrajaya. These events are well received by local and foreign cyclists.
During these events, Putrajaya appears as the bicycle capital of the country.
Thousands of riders with their colourful bicycles add to the picturesque landscape of Putrajaya.
To increase the number of cycling activities in Putrajaya, two more cycling activities were introduced in December 2012. The two activities are Cuti-cuti 1Malaysia Putrajaya Bike Ride (CC1MPBR) and Paya Indah Wetlands (PIW).
After launching the two cycling activities, Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Ng Yen Yen said the Tourism Ministry will promote Putrajaya as a bicycle-friendly city and a green destination.
This is in line with the garden city concept promoted by the city’s administrator – Putrajaya Corporation.
“Now, the Bike Ride activity is present in almost every state in Malaysia,” she said.
Currently, about 38 cycling tour packages are available in Putrajaya, with one package extending to Paya Indah Wetlands in Banting, Selangor, about 25 km from Putrajaya.
The packages are tailored to meet the requirements of tourists, families and even big groups of visitors.
The prices of the packages are fixed for the year 2013. So, visitors can plan their cycling tours without worrying about additional charges during peak hours.
Attractions At Paya Indah
The Paya Indah Wetlands are rich in flora and fauna provide a unique experience for those visiting the place on the cycle.
Covering an area of 450,76 hectares, and they are home to many hippopotamuses, crocodiles, 226 species of birds, 63 species of mammals, 20 species of reptiles, 10 species of amphibians and 14 species of fish.
Cycling is permitted on the 18 km off-road track in this nature park, which is part of the 60 km track that links Banting to Putrajaya.
Other activities that can be carried out in the Paya Indah Wetlands are bird watching, feeding hippopotamuses and crocodiles, kayaking, and a boat ride to Gibbon Island.
Tour agents are hopeful that cycling programmes will increase the number of tourists to Putrajaya. They also feel that Putrajaya will be known as a green city.
Saidinar Mohd Noor, owner of Dinar Holidays Sdn Bhd, said these cycling packages promote a healthy lifestyle.
Meanwhile, Haizan Mohd Nor, General Manager of IMG Travel and Tours Sdn Bhd, said new attractions, including the Paya Indah Wetlands, appeal to the general public.
“We are coming up with affordable packages so that everyone can take park in cycling activities,” said Haizan, whose agency offers three cycling packages.
Director of Pesaka Travel and Tours Sdn Bhd, Zakiah Yunus, when met noted that her company chose the concept of ‘hunt’ to promote learning while touring.
Cycling packages offered by this company are ideal for students.
“Students can learn and have fun at the same time,” explained Zakiah.
Support From Indonesia
Last year, Tourism Malaysia Jakarta (TMJ) introduced the 3D/2N Special Package to encourage Indonesians to tour Putrajaya on bicycles. Close to 80 Indonesians took part in the programme. The package was developed by TMJ and
Anditar Tour costing USD405 (about RM1,250) includes flight tickets, accommodation, tours and meals.
TMJ’s Director, Nor Aznan Sulaiman, said many Indonesians will take part in cycling activities as they love cycling.
“So, we approached a local tour agency to take the package to the next level,” he said.
Janto Hassan, 50, said he was impressed by the event.
“The Indonesian government encourages cycling. Certain roads in Jakarta cannot be used by motor vehicles on weekends. Only cyclists can use these roads.
This way, the country can overcome energy crisis,” he said, adding that Malaysia should come up with similar activities.
If you want to know more about these packages, you can contact Tourism Malaysia at 1 300 88 5050 or email@example.com.
You can get more information at www.tourismmalaysia.gov.my. — BERNAMA