Friday, June 15, 2018

Best Cycling Trails In Kuala Lumpur

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Best Cycling Trails In Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia is a vibrant cosmopolitan city with a fusion of cultures that has made it a Truly Asia Country. For cyclists looking for interesting routes to ride on in the city, below are some good ones. Some are easy,  others tougher and a couple are out of the norm, unique trails.

1. KUALA LUMPUR CYCLING LANES
There are a couple of cycling lanes, the first one starts from Dataran Merdeka and goes along the Klang River up till Mid-Valley City. Certain stretches along the river are nicely shaded and a pleasure to ride on. Do note that there's a stretch that runs below the Jalan Damansara over-pass that's a bit dodgy (GPS: 3.13545, 101.69425) with vagrants hanging around; often cyclists by-pass that section by making a short detour into Brickfields.
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The second stretch starts near Dataran Merdeka and loops to the KLGolden Triangle up-market commercial district. This one comes with  blue painted lanes which runs along sections shared with pedestrians and other sections with motorized traffic. 
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2. KUALA LUMPUR CAR-FREE DAY

This is not a permanent trail per se; but for those who wants to do some light cycling, the inner core roads of Kuala Lumpur are closed off to motorized traffic on the first and third Sundays of each month. It's an easy, short loop and often people do a few loops. People come not just to exercise but also treat it as a family day out to mingle and socialize with the crowd and perhaps make a few new friends.
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3. KUALA LUMPUR LAKE GARDENS

One of the oldest parks in the country, the Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens, a ninety-two hectares enclave in the city, offers a green area to ride in with bonuses of of a couple of small lakes, nearby butterfly and deer parks.
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Two other nice lake areas to ride around are the Tasik Titiwangsa. and the Kepong Metropolitan Park.


4. KIARA HILLS (BUKIT KIARA)

On the outskirts of the city, Kiara Hills (Bukit Kiara) is located in a forest reserve and as such the route is free from motorized traffic. This is a tough on as it goes on a climb up hill, starting from Changkat Abang Haii Openg, pass a first guard house and then continues on a steeper climb to reach a second guard house at the top, located at a cross intersection. For those who want to go the extra distance, from this intersection are two loops that goes round the upper portion of Kiara Hills.
An interesting extension after finishing this route is to go through Kampung Sungai Pencala and do a loop at Desa Park City. The roads at the kampong are quieter, shady and it's feels much cooler once one enter the village.
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5. KAMPUNG KEMENSAH AND THE KLANG GATES
This is another ride that goes through a Malay kampong - Kampung Kemensah where there is a nice waterfall for a cool dip during a hot day. Added extensions to this route will be to the Klang Gates Dam and Zoo Negara. Start points can be at Setiawangsa or Taman Melawati (a shorter route).
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6. AKLEH STORM DRAIN TRAIL
A trail that goes through a small manhole at Datuk Keramat to ride along the huge monsoon drains running along the Klang River below the AKLEH Highway. Do be advised not to ride here during rainy season as these storm drains can be full of water!
Start point can be at Tasik Titiwangsa.
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This and the following are of the norm routes and are quite unique trails.

7. THE BUKIT SEPUTEH CEMETERY TRAIL
Fancy cycling through a cemetery? This trail goes through the largest and oldest cemetery of the city - the Kwong Tong Cemetery. One can even visit the grave of the co-founder of the city, Kapitan China Yap Ah Loy. But don't be frightened, ride through with friends during the day and it could be quite fun, and on top of that the route leads to the Royal Malaysian Air Force Museum on the other side of the cemetery.
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7. THE KLANG BAK KUT TEH TRAIL
How about going beyond Kuala Lumpur, all the way down to Klang to savour its renown dish - Bak Kut Teh! Start at Dataran Merdeka, ride along the KL Cylcling path and then onto the motor-cycle lanes towards Klang. Use a folding bike, and one can take a KTM Komuter train back.
(... see route map) (... see blog)

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