Mayor: Stricter enforcement on bicycle lanes

CARS parked on designated bicycle lanes in Kuala Lumpur will be towed away.

This follows the misuse of a newly launched bicycle lane from Mid Valley Megamall to Dataran Merdeka.

Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib said Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will take serious action as many motorists, especially in Brickfields, are parking their cars on the bicycle lane.

“There are already clear signs indicating the lane is just for bicycles. We can and will tow the cars,” said the mayor.

He added that DBKL would launch a campaign soon to educate motorists and cyclists on usage guidelines as well as regulations of the new 5.5km cycling lane.

“We will also gazette them as bicycle lanes officially,” said Ahmad Phesal during the launch of the Discover Malaysia by Bicycle guidebook at KL Car Free Morning on Sunday.

Tourism Malaysia in collaboration with 32 other tourism agencies has compiled over 70 two-wheel tourism packages in the book.

When asked whether other states in Malaysia would have bicycle lanes to accommodate such cycling packages, Tourism and Culture Ministry deputy secretary-general (Tourism) Rashidi Hasbullah said some states were in the midst of implementing it

“Half of the states in Malaysia have bicycle lanes and the other half are seeking funds to build designated bicycle lanes under the Eleventh Malaysia Plan,” he said.

Rashidi added that the comprehensive and complimentary guidebook is available at all hotels and tourist information centres nationwide.

As for Kuala Lumpur, Ahmad Phesal said DBKL would pinpoint more areas in the city which could be converted into bicycle lanes.

“We will identify possible bicycle lanes in the city that we can integrate with pedestrian walkways,” he said, adding that there was a need for a master plan to make cycling a lifestyle.

The masterplan, he said, needs to look into creating space for bicycles in LRT and MRT coaches.

Ahmad Phesal added that cycling will not only reduce carbon emission in the city but also lead to a healthier population.

In conjunction with the launch, five newlywed couples boarded two royal horse carriages imported from Turkey for a ride around the city.

Clad in traditional Minangkabau wedding costumes, Tenaga Nasional electrician Zulfazdly Hussain, 30, and DBKL assistant secretary Zilawati Jibin, 32, went on a carriage ride.

Assistant manager Muhammad Khalis Abdul Aziz, 31, and senior human resources executive Siti Rahayu Ghazali, 32, also said it was a memorable experience.