KL’s Night Ride at Dataran Merdeka.
KUALA Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib led over 300 cyclists on a 5.4km route along closed public roads around the city in conjunction with OCBC Cycle Malaysia 2014 last Saturday.
This initiative, under Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) was aimed at promoting cycling around the city to both locals and tourists.
“This is a meaningful and healthy activity for people to engage in at night.
“It also gives people an opportunity to explore the beauty of our beloved city at night,” said Ahmad Phesal.
Starting and ending at Dataran Merdeka, the 45-minute night ride took participating cyclists through Jalan Sultan Salahuddin, part of the Mahameru Highway and Jalan Parlimen, the Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park, and back via Jalan Kinabalu.
The scenic route showcased some of the city’s attractions such as the Perdana Botanical Park, KL Bird Park, the National Mosque, Dataran Merdeka and other monuments and museums.
“To successfully integrate this culture, we will first need to create awareness – particularly with motorists – that they must give consideration to cyclists on public roads,” said the mayor on safety concerns.
Also participating in the Night Ride was former cyclist and three-time winner of the Tour de France Green Jersey (Best Sprinter), Australian Robbie McEwen, who agreed that the safety of cyclists was key to making the campaign a success.
“A driver should always think the person riding the bike out on the road could be someone they know.
“This is good for tourism as the best way to see a city is by bike,” said McEwen.
The Night Ride follows the launch of “Kuala Lumpur by Cycle” last February and KL’s first Car-Free Day recently. Under the programme, a 6km stretch of city roads will be closed to traffic for two hours on the first Sunday of every month.
Ahmad Phesal also said that DBKL was planning to create a cycling track on roads along the Gombak River as part of the development of Greater KL and Klang Valley.