Sweating it out: Cycling, Exercising and Shower Facilities

I read this Malaysiakini letter Enough, we want good public transport written by Foong Wai Fong and Pat Lu; and then I was inspired to write this post.

One thing that interests me the most is their suggestion. I particularly like one of their suggestions namely the one related to cycling:

Build well-equipped, free, public restrooms and make it mandatory for office buildings to include public bathrooms to enable ordinary wage earners to take a shower upon arrival should they decide to cycle to work. To help Malaysians to change to this healthier and more sustainable lifestyle, the supporting amenities must be created and provided at no charge.

And so…

Petrol price gone up… so cycling was suggested as an alternative to driving cars.
Imagine if you live in let say Kajang and you would like to cycle to KL? Would you actually do that?

Perhaps some may do it for fun (but I expect the numbers will be so few). And none will do it to go to work…

Why? Because it is so hot in Malaysia. Imagine exercising in the hot tropical sun… and then the distance too…

Notwithstanding the distance, the hot tropical weather makes cycling unfavourable even if you live in let say Bangsar or Bukit Damansara and you are working let say somewhere at Jalan Raja Chulan…

Some people don’t like the idea of sweating it out and then having to spend 8-10 hours in the office.. Also when going to office one has to wear a “formal dress”. If you cycle, you may have to carry a change of clothes…

Also for women… they don’t like to sweat especially when it is their culture to wear make-up when working in the office…

Unless of course, they can shower before beginning to work…

Imagine…

Well … Well…

Imagine that you are with her…

I suppose she is doing some exercise…


Picture Credits Anushka @ Ragalahari

You can see that.. though not showing in the picture.. that she is sweating


Picture Credits Anushka @ Ragalahari

In this pic, you can see that she is sweating….


Picture Credits Anushka @ Ragalahari

Well I suppose if you sweat during exercise… or in doing any other activities… you may feel uncomfortable…

So…


Picture Credits Anushka @ Ragalahari

You need a shower… or a bath…

Hey… look at her… she is having a shower…and


Picture Credits Anushka @ Ragalahari

Aha… she is also enjoying herself…

Hey… I suppose some readers are enjoying themselves too… by looking at her….


Picture Credits Anushka @ Ragalahari

Ahhh… see … after shower… now she is feeling fresh….

Ahh… now she will apply make-up ehh…

Ha ha ha….

Ok, back to cycling. In my opinion Foong Wai Fong and Pat Lu’s suggestion may be too costly and impractical for the government to handle. After all, look at the state of public toilets in Malaysia…. Asking the govt to provide amenities at no charge… well in the current situation this is a big ask… Anyway, perhaps this suggestion needs to be studed further especially. Local councils (Majlis Daerah or Perbandaran) may shoulder this burden if some kind of “special tax” be allowed for these local govts to levy on businesses or in those areas in which these facilities are to be built.

Perhaps what can be done is to “coerce” employers into providing showers for their employees. That may be more practical. Now this was duly noted in Foong Wai Fong and Pat Lu’s suggestion. The policy should also (whenever possible) allow employers to share resources in providing showers and bathrooms – this is very helpful if the employers are small scale businesses…who cannot on their own provide those showering facilities. Perhaps I might also add that employers should also provide safe and secure locker facilities… especially handy to women so that they can store their make-up kits. Of course the men will also find these lockers useful…

See also this post – 4 PKR MPs Ride it Out to the Parliament: A Gimmick?

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