Cycling isn’t the easiest sport to pick up when you’re living in the Klang Valley – the heavy traffic, bad road conditions and lack of suitable cycling lanes can often discourage and even intimidate anyone from taking it up more seriously. To deal with that, we’ve compiled a list of routes that are safe, scenic and offer a new way to explore the Valley.
Best cycling routes in the Klang Valley
Get fit by taking the scenic route
For a relaxing and scenic ride, head out to the Botanical Gardens. There are tropical gardens, a hibiscus garden and an orchid garden that can serve as Instagram backdrops when you’re showing off how #dedicated you are at #keepingfit. If you want a more challenging route, try cycling up the nearby Bukit Tunku for the uphill climb to Tugu Negara.
Aside from having a wide nine-foot-wide pathway that's perfect for cycling, this park is one of the few dog-friendly parks in the city, making it a haven for pet lovers and workout enthusiasts. The man-made lake and children’s playground also make it a great place for families to come and hang out.
A great escape from the bustling city, the 1,295-hectare agriculture park is one of the largest around. Be prepared to pedal hard and work up a sweat as the terrain here is hilly, long and challenging. There are also bicycles for rent at RM15 for the first hour and RM1 for every subsequent hour, while mountain bikes can be rented at RM30 for a three-hour period.
This 95-hectare park has a 3km cycling path that’s built on mostly flat terrain, making it ideal for newbies and those looking for a laidback ride. It’s also a popular gathering spot for experienced kite-fliers – on a clear evening, you can see kites as large as 30 feet take to the sky – and has other family-friendly facilities such as a children’s playground, rubberised jogging tracks and an observation tower.
Shah Alam cycling lanes
Cycling on these lanes is the best way to explore Selangor’s capital city. Found in sections 4, 5 and 14, the well-paved routes take you past several landmarks such as the Shah Alam Lake Gardens, Shah Alam City Hall and the Selangor state museum. The lanes are also peppered with safety signs indicating forks and crossings, making it safe for cyclists and pedestrians.
Sections 4, 5 and 14, Shah Alam.
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