KL’s Go Green Car-Free Morning. Infographic by Kimberly Mak.

What is the ‘Green Loop’?

Officially known as “Go Green Car-Free Mornings”, this is a 6KM route through the city centre’s Golden Triangle which will be closed to traffic every first Sunday morning of the month. The policy, which started this year, aims to promote a greener city and reduce global warming.

Which areas are part of the closed loop?

The route starts from Jalan Raja Laut, continues to Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Ampang, Jalan P. Ramlee, Jalan Pinang, Jalan Raja Chulan, Jalan Imbi, Jalan Sultak Ismail, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and then back to Jalan Raja Laut.

What time?

The closing of roads will happen on the first Sunday of each month, between 7.30am to 9.30am.

How come lah?

This program encourages people to cycle, jog, skateboard (anything that doesn’t involve motors, really) so we can help reduce global warming and do our bit for the environment.

That’s not all, of course, this is also a way to entice KL-­ites and tourists to be more involved in our city’s activities and to create better revenue for retailers located around the Golden Triangle.

So, no public transport?

Buses and taxis will will be able to drive through the closed off roads, as there are designated lanes for them. However, for the first Sunday event, some cyclists seemed a little disgruntled about there being vehicles on the road.

What’s KL Xtra?

Its nama-­not­-so­-syiok is Kuala Lumpur Extravaganza. It’s an all­-day long festival that will also be held on the first Sunday of every month. Intriguing activities such as cultural shows, a series of arts and sports activities will be held in the shopping complexes within the area.

KL Xtra is a collaboration between City Hall, Tourism Malaysia and the Malaysian National Cycling Federation.

Rathika Sheila