Around 2015 we started our explorations in Kuala Lumpur. As passionate and recreational cyclists we discovered that Kuala Lumpur undergoes a process of accelerated urban development (file traffic, concrete towers and stifling pollution). We have also experienced that this process takes place especially at the surface. There is a much more traditional Kuala Lumpur, which is fading into the background.
Together with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture of Malaysia we have taken the initiative to rediscover the authentic Kuala Lumpur on bike. Cycling KL helped us mapping an extensive network of bike-friendly streets and alleys.
We discovered more and more a "hidden world", a world unknown for many. A world where the Bumiputras, the Malaysian people, still have their traditional live.
Kuala Lumpur has colorful sights, it is a melting pot is of scents of the local markets or the intriguing lives of the local population. And therefore it is one of world’s most fascinating cities.
Our mission is to share these discoveries with others!
MikeBikes seeks the so-called 'ethical business’’. We want MikeBikes’ profits to flow back to the locals. How? By enabling the local people in our activities. We work together with local guides, local restaurants and we will even collaborate with local bicycle maintenance companies.
Our ultimate goal is to provide children of socially disadvantaged families a second hand bicycle, that they must maintain. Free workshops given by Bike Kitchen KL will teach them how to do so.
In this way youth gets familiar with the bike as a means of transport and meanwhile they increase their action radius.
Eventually, the increase of this environmentally friendly, green way of transport will contribute to a cleaner and more livable area in Kuala Lumpur.
How do we do that?
- All the guided tours are managed by local licensed tourist guides. We and our guests eat at local restaurants, and our bicycles are maintained by local companies.
- We facilitate interactions with the local people by creating awareness, along with a responsibility towards a cleaner environment and sustainable living.
Dutch and Malaysian companies have confidence in our ideology which is about "Strength through Collaboration." So, all our bicycles are adopted by these companies as well.
Our Cycling School?
We are happy to launch a big social project for 2020 and 2021, which is the ‘Cycling School.’ In several social and charity driven workplaces in The Netherlands, 30 second-hand children bikes will be collected, repaired and refurbished by MikeBikes. We will take care of the costs, coordination, logistics and transport them to Kuala Lumpur. Together with the management of the local refugee school in Kuala Lumpur, we will offer children cycle lessons, teach them on how to maintain a bike, and inspire them to use a bike as a means of transport.
In this way, we all can make a difference and give children the possibility to move and adopt an active and healthy way of life. We at MikeBikes believe it will also help contribute to a sustainable society.
Please look our short demo Cycling School.
`Learn young & inspire the older generation’