KUALA Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will introduce a new bicycle route in the city centre within the next two months, said Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib.
“DBKL is in the midst of finalising several interconnecting tracks that will connect Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Raja Laut and Jalan Ipoh.
“The bicycle tracks, however, might have to use part of the pedestrian walkway due to space constraints but we are going all out to provide safer bicycle tracks for cyclists.
“One of the challenges we face is that motorised vehicles might use the bicycle lanes as a shortcut to reach their destination.
“In lieu of that, we will gazette a new law soon to prevent motorised vehicles from using the bicycle lanes,” he said during a press conference at Menara DBKL 1 to announce the new cycling track from Mid Valley to Dataran Merdeka via Brickfields.
DBKL invested RM700,000 in the 5.5km route from Mid Valley to Dataran Merdeka, which was completed this month.
An average cyclist will take 20 to 25 minutes to complete the route.
Ahmad Phesal added that the plan to introduce more cycling tracks was part of DBKL’s move towards developing Kuala Lumpur to be a sustainable city by promoting alternative modes of transportation.
“It is DBKL’s duty to provide the bicycle lanes so that people working in Kuala Lumpur can cycle to work.
“The Mid Valley-Dataran Merdeka cycling route is one of the three cycling routes that will be implemented by DBKL.
“The other routes include Wangsa Maju to Taman Melawati as well as Taman Batu Muda, each costing RM1.4mil and RM900,000, respectively.
“During Earth Hour, I promised to introduce newer and safer cycling routes in the city if more than 350 corporation and government agencies participated in the event. We had a total of 697 participating partners this year,” he said.
While most of the plans involve high-density areas, Ahmad Phesal said DBKL was considering the 4m reserved space under the elevated LRT or monorail tracks to be transformed into bicycle tracks.
“This will be more practical and it will help expand the bicycle tracks to more areas, especially the suburban areas.
“This can also help put a stop to people misusing the space for other purposes,” he said.
Around 50 DBKL officers including some department heads participated in the cycling to work effort from Mid Valley to Dataran Merdeka that day.