THE 10km cycling lane built at a cost of RM5mil connecting several areas within Section 4 in Shah Alam, is well utilised by the public, Local Government, New Village Development and Legalising of Factories chairman Ean Yong Hian Wah (Seri Kembangan - DAP) said yesterday.
He was responding to a question from Mat Nadzari Ahmad Dahlan (Batang Kali-BN) on whether the bicycle lane constructed around a small green lung in Shah Alam was used frequently.
He added that the lane, with a width of 3.65m, was built by the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) for walkers as well.
He explained that the track was heavily used on Fridays and weekends by avid cyclists as well as students, families, private and government workers, among others.
“Families who use the bicycle tracks said they felt safe here because there was no traffic,” he said, adding that MBSA was confident that its usage would also increase with time.
He added that Tourism Selangor and MBSA had discussed about expansion plans for the bicycle track.
“However, MBSA has not done a detailed study yet,” he said, adding that further studies would be done next year.
In responding to Mat Nadzari’s query regarding programmes conducted by the state government to promote a cycling culture, Ean Yong said 13 and 11 cycling activities had been held in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
Haniza Mohamed Talha (Taman Medan - PKR) inquired about the Petaling Jaya City Council’s (MBPJ) budget for 2015, asking how much had been allocated for the development of new infrastructure for 2015 compared to 2014.
Ean Yong replied that in 2014, the allocated budget was RM21mil while RM25mil had been allocated for 2015.
Haniza also asked if the allocation for 2013 and if it was fully utilised to which Ean Yong responded that MBPJ’s financial status was stable and that it had reserve funds.