KUALA LUMPUR – The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is proposing to turn land under the Mass Rapid Transport (MRT) tracks into bicycle lanes to encourage more city folks to use bicycles as an alternative mode of transport.
KL Mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib said the proposal was part of efforts to reduce traffic congestion while turning the federal capital into a bicycle-friendly city.
“The proposal will be discussed with the operator of the MRT, Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd (Prasarana), and the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) which oversees the project,” he told reporters after officiating the Cycle Asia Kuala Lumpur 2015 programme here today.
Meanwhile, he said, under the ‘River For Live’ project, DBKL was also planning bicycle lanes along Sungai Bunus here.
In April, a 5.5-kilometre bicycle lane costing RM700,000, connecting the Mid Valley shopping centre, Bangsar to the Dataran Merdeka was opened.
He said early this year, DBKL introduced the ‘Kuala Lumpur Car-free Morning’ event twice a month, on the first and third Sunday of the month.
Beginning 7.30am to 9.30am, it covers Jalan Raja Laut, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Raja Chulan and Jalan Tun Perak.
Meanwhile, the Cycle Asia Kuala Lumpur event, to be held from June 12 to 14, is a community cycling event which starts and ends at Dataran Merdeka.
There are five categories of participation – ‘Community Ride’ (24km), ‘The Challenge’ (48km), ‘Kids Ride’ (5km), ‘Junior Challenge’ (30-minute race) and the Tricycle Ride (100m and 150m) for children between two and five years of age.
This year is the fourth time the event is held, targeting 6,000 participants, and is open to the public, including professionals, according the different categories. – BERNAMA