CLC 2018 #2: Dodging Traffic

I live in the centre of the city.  A stone’s throw from the PETRONAS Twin Towers, indicated by the star on the map.  So riding through rush-hour traffic is unavoidable during an evening ride.

The sections in red are escape routes from the city centre, and are jammed, if not grid-locked, with traffic from about 4pm until past 7pm.  Having said that, it is not all engine heat and fumes.  The roads marked in green are residential, and are relatively vehicle-free.  I cover those roads multiple times on each ride.

However to get a reasonable length ride in, and not be bored silly riding the same roads over and over and over, I have to ride in amongst the cars, vans, buses and lorries at times.  I do the 5km loop to the south around the golf course counterclockwise, so I am always making left turns.  That way I do not have to cross any traffic.

One advantage of living in the city centre is that there are many places to stop for a drink, and or a snack.  This FamilyMart is in the building next to where I live.

This was my post-ride treat.  Matcha ice cream in a chocolate cone.  Already melting outside the shop, even though it was cooler this evening (24°C) than it had been at the same time yesterday (30°C).

I forgot to mention this is my previous post.  A shout out to Tempo Cyclist – Tasmania for putting the word out about the Cycle Life Challenge.

7 response to "CLC 2018 #2: Dodging Traffic"

  1. By: Scooter Posted: March 13, 2018

    Great to have some reportage from Maylasia! I must admit it never occurred to me to bike there, so I’m looking forward to a learning experience.

    A few tips about the website, since I’ve been too lazy to type up any how-to notes yet: you can classify your posts multiple ways (by location, and in this case as a CLC ride) as well as tag them. Also, you can scale your photos so that they display larger (medium is the default) by clicking on and editing. Thanks for joining us!

    • By: Alchemyrider Posted: March 13, 2018

      Thank you. I have amended the titles of my posts, which I hope helps.

      If I post some interesting photographs, I’ll fiddle with sizes.

  2. By: Suzanne Posted: March 13, 2018

    Nice to hear from Malaysia! Clever to ride counterclockwise to have only left hand turns!
    What is matcha?

    • By: Alchemyrider Posted: March 14, 2018

      Hi Suzanne. Matcha is Japanese green tea. The leaves are ground into a fine powder, which is then used to make tea, or to flavour ice cream and other desserts.

  3. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: March 13, 2018

    Hi Alchemy. Yes, the matcha ice cream is a remarkable colour. I second Suzanne – what is it? but then we won’t have any in Tasmania. The evening ride sounds a challenge on it’s own. Looking forward to your next post with more than a little interest. Tony

    • By: Alchemyrider Posted: March 14, 2018

      Hi Tony. Matcha is Japanese green tea. The leaves are ground into a fine powder, which is then used to make tea, or to flavour ice cream and other desserts.

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