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Every Sunday morning, Publika at Solaris Dutamas closes off its roads to cars from 7am to 10am to allow children to cycle, skate, run/walk, scoot, do cartwheels on a 1.2km track in a safe environment.
I cannot think of a greater way to spend a family Sunday morning.
They even rent out bicycles of all sizes (including those with training wheels and tandem bikes!)
We have been there half a dozen times now (thanks to Godpa Soorya who started this initiative and has now abandoned us) and have loved every minute of it.
The queue to rent a bike. You go around to find the bike you want. Each bike has a number. Queue to put your name down for that particular bike (and your phone number) and voila, the bike is yours for half an hour.
If the bike is too short or too tall, there are bike assistants there to assist. They even pump your bike tires if it feels too flat for your liking.
For the lazy ones who do not want to cycle and want to EAT NASI LEMAK instead, there is a table kiosk set up in the shade where you can get some early morning grub. If you wait a bit later, the bakery and some breakfast joints open up at the back on the path of your cycling track. You can literally cycle, stop for brekkie and continue cycling……
To warm up bright and early, there is an aerobic instructor with blasting music to get your heart pumping. Only kids usually participate as the adults are too shy-shy….(Kajagoogoo…..gosh, age revealing).
But look, there is ample space to cycle for kids even if you don’t follow the cycling track.
Many parents hang out here watching their kids cycle around the Publika courtyard.
This is where T2 usually cycles although sometimes she insists on going on the track. Argh!
The track starts off here……just off the courtyard and begins with a gruelling slope UPHILL.
But thanks to my past trainer, I can cycle all the way up with my eyes closed. And fast! Thank you.
T1 is still working on it. She can do half way cycling, then she has to stop and push her bike for the remaining slope. The day she gets there will be a day to celebrate!
The view of the
Palace new Syariah Courts that you get nowhere else. Of course, it is most beautiful when you are there at sunrise……except that the chances of us catching it are quite slim.
The view of the majestic Jalan Duta Mosque……sorry bad picture but this mosque has a special story and I know because I had to research it for one of my projects.
After the hill, this is Leg One of the track.
Further up the track…….
After cycling downhill, you will pass by Plan B and Chawan and hit Leg Two of the track.
Before you arrive at the Publika Courtyard with the blasting music again…..
After our track work, we cycle around the courtyard to cool down. I usually do 4 laps of 1.2km within half an hour or less. My target is to do 5 laps next but it’s hard with kids so I’m waiting for the opportunity where both kids will decide to just cycle around the courtyard and not interfere with my very serious cycling.
When T2 decided to do the tracks, it’s nightmare time for me because she will only go a quarter of a quarter of the way and then, “Mommy, push??? Mommy, push please??? I’m tired…..”
And do you know how back-breaking it is to bend over to push her in her hideous pink tricycle for 1.2km of the way???
After the cycling workout, we usually head up to the Publika Playground.
Or to the Marmalade playground……….
After a bite, we spend another hour or so just relaxing and watching the kids play at the playground.
Spiderman climbs a hill……..
Then makes us all climb it!
Bouncing away on the see-saw……despite being weightless.
Trying hard to master the Monkey Bars……
Wheelie Sundays at Publika? I highly recommend it. And if you come? Please come say hello.