Cycling the Bridge of Hope

Penang Spiral Bridge of Hope Sam

At the dawn of an overcast yet auspicious morning, the authorities of new and old gathered with cyclists and joggers to celebrate the completion and official opening of the massive new spiral bridge – officially known as the Jambatan Harapan, the Bridge of Hope For those that are unaware, this is a nod to the name of the winning party in the recent election, the Pakatan Harapan.

Penang Spiral Bridge of Hope Sam Penang Spiral Bridge of Hope Sam

Much revelry was had at this grand structure that finally allows pedestrians and cyclists a safe way across the busy Penang Lim Chong Eu Expressway – a link between Queensbay Mall and the industrial zone

Penang Spiral Bridge of Hope Sam

Penang Spiral Bridge of Hope Sam Penang Spiral Bridge of Hope Sam
Penang Spiral Bridge of Hope Sam Penang Spiral Bridge of Hope Sam

After going around the spiral bridge, you will find yourself on a wide new bicycle path heading straight towards the largest (and busiest) roundabout in Penang, with Krystal Point on the right.

Penang Spiral Bridge of Hope Sam Penang Spiral Bridge of Hope Sam

There is a stream (read: big ravine) that runs along the bike path. However, the refuse from the surrounding plants and factories has turned it into a foul-smelling cesspool of stagnant floaties.

Penang Spiral Bridge of Hope Sam Penang Spiral Bridge of Hope Sam

Still needs to be some beautification on both sides of the bike path, but the spiral bridge itself is a grand testament to just how much Penangites like to cycle (and show off)!

Penang Spiral Bridge of Hope SamPenang Spiral Bridge of Hope SamI hope the Bridge of Hope stands strong as a testament to the mighty will of the people of Malaysia, as well as a proud hope for a better tomorrow from this day forward.

Malaysia boleh!

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