CYCLISTS and pedestrians heading from Tanjung Tokong to Padang Kota Lama (Esplanade) in Penang and back can now do so using a designated lane.
As part of the bicycle path master plan drawn in 2010 comprising some 200km of bicycle lanes on the island to be created in stages by 2020, this designated lane beginning in Tanjung Tokong (from Straits Quay) to the Esplanade stretches about 4.5km.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said work on this stretch began in December 2016 and was completed in April this year.
“The project cost RM3.7mil and is part of the main component of the Coastal Cycling Route which connects Tanjung Tokong via George Town to the Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Bridge and the Penang International Airport.
“A big portion of the Coastal Cycling Route comprises designated bicycle lanes to make it safer for cyclists,” he said in his speech before launching the designated lane at Precinct 10 in Tanjung Tokong, Penang, recently.
Chow added that this plan was drawn up in 2010 and is expected to be completed by 2020.
“So far, 90% which is about 180km, has been completed including dedicated bicycle lanes, shared lanes and green bicycle lanes.
“Of the completed 180km stretch, 40.4km are dedicated bicycle lanes,” he said.
Chow said the bicycle and pedestrian lanes from Jalan Tanjung Tokong to Jalan Tanjung Bungah (from Tesco to Flamingo Hotel by the Beach Penang) and from Jalan Kampung Jawa to Lebuh Kampung Jawa in Bayan Lepas, under the master plan would begin works in the last quarter of the year.
“It would involve about a 5km stretch and would cost about RM4.3mil, and take about 18 months to complete.”
He hoped the whole plan could be completed within the next two years.
“I hope after all the routes are completed it will connect all parts of the island and make it easier for cyclists to move around safely.
“I hope this will encourage more Penangites to embrace cycling and jogging as well as make Penang a healthier state with a higher quality of life,” he said.
Also present were Penang Island City Council mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang, state Housing, Town, Country Planning and Local Government Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo, state Works Committee chairman Zairil Khir Johari, Bukit Bendera MP Wong Hon Wai and Batu Lancang assemblyman Ong Ah Teong among others.