Sharp-eyed urbanites may have noticed new bike logos popping up across the city recently. The Bicycle Map project, a group aiming to improve cycling access across the city, have been in talks with several local councils for the past few years. After over a year of planning and talks, DBKL will open a major new bicycle lane tomorrow that links PJ and Subang Jaya to KL city centre.
The South West Entry Corridor, stretching from the Federal Highway to Dataran Merdeka, covers about 5km. Firstly, cyclists will need to cycle along the existing lane that’s used by motorcyclists along the highway. At Midvalley Megamall, cyclists then enter a “corridor” that’s dedicated to cyclists all the way to Dataran Merdeka.
This corridor will be the first of its kind in KL. DBKL is officially opening the lane tomorrow at 7am, with the Lord Mayor of KL joining the ride. It’s hoped that further bike lanes will open in KL in future.
Jeffrey Lim of the Bicycle Map project said that the lane is a turning point. Over the past year, DBKL conducted public engagement exercises and also worked with different levels of government – a bureaucratic feat that has resulted in the opening of the new lane.
The cost of the corridor is approximately RM700,000, although a total of approximately RM3 million has been allocated by DBKL to cycling projects. Two other planned lanes have been mooted for Setiawangsa and Batu, but negotiations are still ongoing.
DBKL is not alone in efforts to get people cycling. MBPJ (PJ City Council) has developed bike lane plans to cover 56km of Petaling Jaya, but has not yet seen these implemented. In 2013, MBSA (Shah Alam City Council) began building bike lanes that connect neighbourhood parks with the commercial centre.
“I hope that DBKL will complete the entire network, with the six key entry points to the city that the Bicycle Map project provided,” said Jeffrey. “In order to make it work, you need to have a network. But of course it’s an experiment and also a learning experience. It’s not only the city council that needs to make the effort but also different levels of government.”
If the South West Cycling Corridor sees a good reaction from the public, then this could be the push needed to get other bicycle lanes off the ground. Cycling enthusiasts are invited to join the ride tomorrow morning at 7am. Find out more here.
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