Urbanization of Malaysia: improvement of sustainable urban transportation methods through an Urban Cyclist point of view
This research will investigate the connection between the urbanization of Malaysian cities and how cycling could improve Malaysian cities to not only be urbanize and modern, but also to maintain the level of sustainability that other cities are trying to achieve in this era of global warming. The rise of awareness in green technology and sustainability issues amongst Malaysians (Nekmat, 2010), are to be seen as a positive start into pushing the boundaries of developing a sustainable city. Other than that, the communities in Malaysia are also keen on improving the level of urban cycling within most of the major cities within Malaysia, as cycling is seen to be the best way to cope with the increased carbon level released by motorized vehicles. The city that has taken initiative includes Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur. (Babulai, 2012) It is known that European cities such as Copenhagen, which have over 65% of their total population owning bike and astonishingly, over 60% of Copenhageners used bikes as their main transport method. The city also saves a total of 90,000 tons of CO2 emissions yearly (Ensign, 2007). Copenhagen is set to be the best example that it is not impossible to achieve the goal to create a cycling city.