Short distance commuting..
Most of my neighbours and that includes me, just drive their cars even if the distance is only 500metres from our houses.Most of my short commuting is within 5km from my house-masjid,restaurant,mini market,TESCO,clinic etc. And this,using my experience in cycling in the last four months,all these locations(POI's using my Garmin Nuvi terms) can be reached using bicycle in less than 30 minutes.(using a casual cycling speed of 10km/hr).Most of us agree that it is good to cycle, however,we are all the victims or slaves to our habits.So, we keep doing what we have been doing year in,year..
From my observations, those who cannot afford cars/motor-cycles only use bicycles.In my neighbourhood,I saw mainly foreign workers use bicycles to go to work.Malaysian can afford motor-cycles and cars.By the way, I used to ride my bicycle to pay a visit to my barber and later before going home,I stopped at the market for roti canai and had conversations with my friends.Isn't that cool? One day, many years ago,I cycled to my friend's consulting office at Desa Pandan.The receiptionist got a shock for her life when I brought in my Haro bike and parked inside the office lobby! By the way, the boss and the owner of this consulting firm is my personal friend.Otherwise,both my bicycle and me will be thrown out of the office.
I know,I know ... it is too hot to ride in Malaysia, but we can use it in the morning and late afternoon.Just leave our cars at home and I believe it is good for our hearts and wallets as well.
Commuting to work? Read this note.
Link to Commuting bicycles.