Riding a green wave in Malacca

MALACCA: Dedicated bicycle lanes are being built on several main roads in this historic city to promote a healthy lifestyle and boost the “Go Green” campaign.

State Education, Youth and Sport Committee chairman Datuk Gan Tian Loo said several stretches for the lanes had been identified, including in Alor Gajah and Jasin.

“Work to demarcate a three-metre-wide lane on both sides of the stretches has started. We hope that this move will encourage more Malaccans to opt for cycling as a mode of transport,'' he said yesterday.

For a start, some 15km of roads in Malacca would have the special bicycle lanes, with more stretches to be identified in the near future, he added.

In Melaka Tengah, the stretches include Kampung Tun Razak in Bukit Katil to Kompleks Seri Negeri in Ayer Keroh, Malacca International Trade Centre to Kompleks Seri Negeri, Bukit Cina roundabout to Jalan Hang Tuah near Avillion Legacy Hotel, Taman Rempah to Stadhuys and Jalan Ong Kim Wee to Mahkota Parade (via the flyover).

In Alor Gajah district, the stretches are from SK Lesung Batu to SMK Seri Pengkalan in Taman Pengkalan, SK Alor Gajah to SM Teknik Datuk Seri Mohd Zin and Alor Gajah Municipal Council to SJKC Alor Gajah.

The stretch between Taman Maju and SJKC Yu Hsien in Jasin will also have the dedicated bicycle lanes.

Gan said the stretches were chosen based on the heavy human traffic that included tourists, students and residents in the areas.

He noted that the state government was considering creating special parking bays for bicycles if the response was encouraging.

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