by GAN PEI LING © The Star 28 June 2017
PUTRAJAYA: Cycling has led landscape architect Charles Teo to discover a hidden haven for birds in the administrative capital.
“It’s a peaceful place where many migratory birds have made their home.
“It shows that humans can bring back nature with proper planning,” Teo said when met at the Upper Bisa 1 in Precinct 16.
Storks, egrets and herons can be spotted roosting or nesting in Putrajaya Wetlands Park.
Teo, who lives in Kuala Lumpur, makes it a point every week to cycle and appreciate nature with his friends, or on his own to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Putrajaya is one of his favourite cycling spots as its parks are interconnected and safe.
It is also home to the largest man-made wetland in the country.
“I can appreciate the scenery, birds and architecture while I cycle,” he said, adding that joggers and cyclists throng some of the more popular routes here until midnight.
Teo believed it is important for town planners to create spaces where humans and nature can co-exist peacefully.
“Putrajaya is a good example. Before it was developed, this area was just made up of estates.
“Now, even within the city, there is this quiet space where migratory birds can call home,” he said.
Teo has suggested to Putrajaya Corporation to put up information boards about the city’s architecture so that visitors can better appreciate the significance of the buildings and bridges.
“Cycling then will not just be a recreational activity but also an educational experience,” he said.
Apart from parks, Teo also enjoys cycling along the coastal route in his hometown Penang, which stretches from the south of the island to George Town.
He plans to join the Ride for Malaysia cycling event on July 30 at Sunsuria City in Sepang, co-organised by the Star Media Group and property developer Sunsuria Bhd to inspire national unity and patriotism in the run-up to National Day.
The event is an opportunity for people of all ages and cultures to come together and enjoy the outdoors.
For more information and to register, go to sites.thestar.com.my/rideformalaysia. For group bookings, call 03-7967 1388 and ask for Events.