ONE can easily make out the unique difference in the motorcycle lanes under the jurisdiction of the Perbadanan Putrajaya (PPj) as compared with motorcycle lanes managed by other local authorities.
PPj city department director Ridzwan Kulub Othman said motorcycle lanes in Putrajaya were unique as they were planned to blend well with the landscape of the city.
Ridzwan refuted a StarMetro claim that the motorcycles lanes in Putrajaya were in such a sorry state, that even a ride at a leisurely pace or travelling at the speed limit or even speeding are out of the question.
The report further said chances are that any motorcyclist attempting to speed on these lanes would end up landing in front of a moving car along a busy stretch of the highway because of the many obstacles along the motorcycle lane.
Ridzwan took us for a drive along the motorcycle lanes to show how well they were maintained and how safe it was for motorcyclists.
According to Ridzwan, the motorcycle lanes, 10km in total distance at Persiaran Selatan and the remaining 3km at Persiaran Utara were gazetted on Aug 21 last year and enforced three months later.
“Except for underground tree roots that breaks up the tarred road, the lanes are absolutely free from any obstacles. Our boundary with the others is also denoted with either a Public Works Department (JKR) signboard or the difference in the lamp-posts,’’ said Ridzwan.
He pointed out that another unique component was that there were no streetlights on the motorcycle lanes as the lights on the main road were bright enough.
“Since it was commissioned, we have been conducting regular maintenance on the entire 13km stretch to ensure they are safe for motorcyclists,’’ said Ridzwan.
And while it can be said that the motorcycle lanes under the jurisdiction of PPj are well maintained, motorcyclists are still shying away as it does not allow them to complete their journey because of the poor maintenance on the other stretches.
The potential death traps in the form of minor landslips or huge potholes in the middle of the road would force motorcyclists to turn back and use the highway.
It is now for JKR and the Sepang Municipal Council (MPSp) to join forces with PPj and provide a conducive riding experience for motorcyclists.
It was also reported that the Dengkil stretch on either side of the highway is in dire need of a complete overhaul while the Puchong stretch, although seem to be in better shape, have hazards of their own like untrimmed tree branches jutting out into the lane or sand on the road.