Discover Putrajaya on bicycle, Jun 11, 2011

Discussion in 'Mountain Biking - Road Trip Reports' started by Abg Acid, Jun 18, 2011.

  1. Abg Acid

    Abg Acid Ol'Timer

    This time I will take you on a short half day tour around the city of Putrajaya. But before I proceed, I will add a bit of information concerning Putrajaya to build up a picture what Putrrajaya is all about, mostly picked up from wikipedia.

    Putrajaya is a planned city, located south of Kuala Lumpur, that serves as the federal administrative centre of Malaysia. The seat of government was shifted in 1999 from Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya, due to the overcrowding and congestion in the Kuala Lumpur areas. Nevertheless, Kuala Lumpur remains Malaysia's national capital, as the seat of Parliament, as well as the country's commercial and financial centre. Putrajaya was the brainchild of former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad. In 2001, Putrajaya became Malaysia's third Federal Territory after Kuala Lumpur and Labuan.

    The vision to have a new Federal Government Administrative Centre to replace Kuala Lumpur as the administrative capital emerged in the late 1980s, during the tenure of Malaysia's 4th Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir Bin Mohamad. The new city was proposed to be located between Kuala Lumpur and the new KL International Airport (KLIA).

    Planned as a garden and intelligent city ( approximately 11,320 acres (46 kmĀ²) , 38% of the area is reserved for green spaces by emphasizing the enhancement of natural landscape. A network of open spaces and wide boulevards were incorporated to the plan. Construction began in August 1995 and it was Malaysia's biggest project and one of Southeast Asia's largest with estimated final cost of US$ 8.1 billion. The entire project was designed and constructed by Malaysian companies with only 10% of the materials imported.


    I think the best way to discover Putrajaya had to be on bicycle. And thus on 11 Jun I set off alone from a rented room at Precint 10 of Putrajaya. For this short trip I had brought a Merida 901 road bike with sleek tyres and a small bag attached to a clip-on rear rack for the camera and other stuff. As I was travelling solo, most of the pictures were taken with the camera held with one hand or placed on road curbs or whatever solid objects that was convenient. Thus you may noticed that some of the pictures showing large image of my face. The whole trip took me almost 5 hours of leasure ride and photography. The trip meter on my bicycle clocked 32 kilometers.

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    The streets of Putrajaya, always free from traffic, but there was a bad haze early that morning
     
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  3. Abg Acid

    Abg Acid Ol'Timer

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    There are a few bridges with fascinating design as Putrajaya covers a large area and it has a lake within, and each bridge is different from the other. Took a first pose on one of the bridge, which is 3 kilometers from where I had rented a room. This bridge Seri Wawasan will lead you to Persiaran Barat (West Avenue) to the centre of Putrajaya

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    Seri Wawasan Bridge is a suspension bridge in design. It was here that I met some fellow cyclists on their mountain bikes. He willingly took a picture for me. They had come from Kuala Lumpur , the bikes were transported on cars and had the cars parked in the center section of this city.
     
  4. Abg Acid

    Abg Acid Ol'Timer

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    Here on the main street , Persiaran Perdana (Perdana Avenue). This road leads to the centre of the city Dataran Putra and it cross over a large lake. On top , you could see a magnificient view of the water below, and also I noticed there were boulevards at the water's edge that criss crossed underneath the bridge. I sensed that it could be interesting if I could find a way to go down and cycle on the marble and concrete pathway.

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    As I entered the Dataran Putra section I saw there were a lot of tourist, some locals and some foreigners. They came by busload. Cycling on I tried to look for a way to get below the bridge. There was an escalator which I think was not approriate for me to get down with the bicycle. After 2 turns around the roundabout I came to rest at the top of these stairs (picture above) trying to decide whether to go down or not. I did saw some three wheelers bicycle in the park below, but the thought of hauling my bicycle down the steps made me reluctant to proceed. It was time for me to wake up miss Siti Nur Nuvi, to help me locate my position to which direction I should go. Miss Siti Nur Nuvi has been sleeping in the bag so I woke her up.

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    Abandoned my plan to go down the steps I cycled toward this building. Its another landmark, The Prime Misniter Building. Decided not to go further, as I hate to be interviewed by the security guards at the main entrance, so I rode off south.
     
  5. burnjr

    burnjr Ol'Timer

    nice cycle bro
     
  6. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Thanks for the continued cycle reports. Keep 'em coming.
     

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