DBKL to audit bicycle lane project

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 07 Feb 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: City Hall will be auditing its bicycle lane project which has courted controversy since it opened last month.

Mayor Tan Sri Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz said it would take at least two months to study the feasibility of maintaining the lanes in some parts of the city before recommending to keep or remove some of them.

"We are currently studying the feedback about the dangers, the durability and we will be improving it as we go along," he added.

He said that despite negative feedback, plans to include bicycle lanes in other parts of the city would continue as these were part of the city's master plan.

"I will be meeting with European mayors at the World Urban Forum tomorrow (Feb 8) and will seek their views and suggestions on how we can improve,'' he said.

"They (Europe) have been doing it for years; but we just started, so give us time to improve," Amin Nordin added.

When asked about vehicles parking on the blue lanes, the mayor said that it was still happening despite heightened enforcement.

Amin Nordin said that the problematic areas are located where there are two lanes, especially if there is also a bus lane.

"Our roads are not wide enough so we have little room to play with. We have studied and found that in Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, only the right lane can be used for the bicycle lane as there is no bus lane there," he said.

DBKL installed dedicated bicycle lanes last month, stretching for 11 km in the heart of the city.

However, several weeks into its completion, StarMetro reported that irresponsible motorists were parking their vehicles on the lanes.

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