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Healthy lifestyle: (From left) F&N Holdings region event and sponsorship manager Muhammad Fauzi Ahmad, KL Sogo advisor Jasnin Mansoor, Isitt, Ahmad Phesal, Naim and KL Sogo executive director Lisa Yong striking a pose to mark the sponsorship by KL Sogo, 100Plus and Milo for KLCFM at KL Sogo.
KUALA Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) may review the planning requirements for future development projects in the city centre to provide more space for pedestrians.
Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib said DBKL was looking at making areas such as Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Bukit Bintang and Kuala Lumpur City Centre more pedestrian-friendly to encourage people to walk instead of drive.
“The current required setback for any development is only for drainage. We are looking at the feasibility of providing more spacious walkways.
“We are also considering incorporating pedestrian walkways in the redevelopment of Chow Kit and Pudu as well,” he said at a press conference after receiving sponsorship from KL Sogo recently.
KL Sogo and its fitness centre, Peak Fitness, are helping to promote KL Car Free Morning (KLCFM) to encourage a healthier lifestyle.
Peak Fitness managing partner Shaun Alexander Isitt said they sponsored RM100,000 in cash and another RM100,000 worth of services to facilitate the car-free morning from June until the end of the year.
“We have not finalised the specifics yet but there will be a variety of activities like mass warm-up, zumba and climbing challenge,” he said.
Ahmad Phesal said response to KLCFM 2014 has improved.
“Our first KLCFM in January saw about 2,500 participants but the one in May had 10,000 participants, which is very encouraging.
“With participation and sponsorship from the private sector, this event can become bigger,” he said.
KLCFM 2014 Implementation Committee chairman Datuk Naim Mohamad, who is also the Malaysian National Cycling Federation deputy president, said the event had spearheaded similar initiatives elsewhere.
“Many municipal councils, organisations, clubs, government agencies and even residents’ associations hold cycling and outdoor activities that help to improve not just participants’ health but also strengthen family bonds in addition to reducing carbon emissions,’’ he said.
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