It seems like no matter how much most of us love cycling, it seems like Mission Impossible to cycle to work.
Yes, we all know that it is a norm in other countries, but HELLOOOooo… ?!
Before we start despising drivers and people who never cycle, we should look at the circumstances we are in.
Facilities at the workplace
Most of Malaysia’s offices are not equipped with shower rooms as most of this trend has just recently penetrated the market. Yet, is it necessary for developers to spend on shower rooms?
Chicken and egg story. They won’t be able to find out how many will put the shower rooms to good use, since there are not many shower rooms around!
Shower room is one thing; Hygiene is another.
Having shower rooms alone isn’t sufficient. Clean and regularly maintained shower rooms are KEY to making the whole experience more comfortable.
You see, Malaysia is located just above the equator with the same temperature all around the year.
At at average temperature of 29°C (84.2°F), cycling outdoors means your risking having body odor.
Oh, other than that –
With heat, comes Sweat; With sweat, comes frustration; With frustration, comes pimples.
So not worth it right?
It’s a trade between advocating green AND stroke, body odor, & pimples.
So in short,
if you’re the boss, architect, or interior designer – You should definitely incorporate shower rooms at the workplace! It’s not only about advocating green, it is also about looking forward 20 years, when cycling is to become a norm.
(Besides with shower rooms, you can force your staff to stay overnight….) *oops*
Because this small act benefits our lungs 🙂