Press Release

Third Car Free Morning sees initial glitches rectified
4 March 2014

Ahmad Phesal (centre) with a group of cyclists dressed up in garb that is reminiscent of Malay classic movies featuring P. Ramlee.- Photo by YAP CHEE HONG

THE third time was a charm for Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) as Sunday’s Car Free Morning (CFM) went smoothly.

A major problem previously of motorists circumventing the barricades and using the lanes meant for cyclists had been rectified.

There was also heavier traffic police and DBKL enforcement officer presence throughout the event from 7am to 9am.

“It was better managed this time but I would like to see the time period extended as there are obviously still many around, enjoying the vehicle-free roads,” said dentist Tang C.K, 42.

Cycling enthusiast Yvonne Chan, 40, said the route may start to lose its appeal.

“It is the same one again and some may feel a little bored with it. Perhaps additional roads can be included soon,” said the freelance cycling guide.

Danish ambassador to Malaysia Nicolai Ruge, who also took part in the event, said cycling was very popular in Copenhagen.

The third Car Free Morning sees in increased presence of children.

“Every second person in the city would choose the bicycle as their first mode of transportation.

“It is healthy, efficient and environmentally-friendly, which are all very good reasons to encourage it,” he said, adding that he used to cycle 7km to work everyday.

He also said that in Kuala Lumpur, the challenge was to come up with a plan that would make cycling a more viable mode of transport.

“I would suggest a bicycle lane so that cyclists can feel safe and motorists would be more aware of them,” he said.

Ruge also said that cycling could be used in addition to other public transport, such as the LRT, but this required better integration.

The barricades were removed according to schedule at 9am, after several announcements over the loudspeaker.

CFM committee chairman Datuk Naim Mohamad said the results of the Car Free Morning was encouraging so far.

“There has been increased participation every month and we believe the numbers can double by June,” he said, adding that other cities in Malaysia, such as Kuantan, were also starting similar events.

He said so far he had not received any complaints about the event, including from businesses located along the route which are completely blocked to traffic.

These are on Jalan Raja Laut and Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, which creates a loop known as the Criterium Lap while a longer 7km route, including Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Dang Wangi, Jalan Ampang, Jalan P. Ramlee and Jalan Tun Perak, make up the Honour Lap which utilises the staggered traffic or lane segregation methods for the CFM.

Source: The Star Online


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