KUALA LUMPUR: Local authorities nationwide should work with the relevant agencies to provide more designated cycling lanes, says Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.
The Alliance for Safe Community chairman said he agreed that cyclists should not be allowed on highways or expressways.
However, he said local authorities should provide designated cycling lanes.
"Cycling has become a popular form of exercise among Malaysians.
"They should be prohibited from cycling on highways. However, there should be a balance in taking into account the safety of road users and the interest of cycling enthusiasts," he said on Saturday (Sept 19).
Lee was commenting on the Star's frontpage report, which highlighted that cyclists were not allowed on highways.
He said cyclists should only be allowed on such roads during an event managed by the authorities, such as Tour De Langkawi, he said.
"If an accident occurs, the cyclists are vulnerable. Motorcycle accidents are bad enough; we do not want to add to the statistics with cyclists.
He urged local authorities to work with the Youth and Sports Ministry to identify suitable locations for bicycle lanes.
"Nowadays, I see many people, even the elderly taking up cycling as a hobby and form of exercise.
"Thus, the time has come to provide designated cycling lanes," he said.
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