Press Release

KL to go car-free monthly
6 January 2014

Cyclists mill around joyfully after taking part in the ‘car-free morning’ event. — Picture by Shahir Omar

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 6 — In an effort to support the government’s policy to reduce carbon emission by 40 per cent by 2020, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) kicked off its “Kuala Lumpur car-free morning” yesterday with a 6km bicycle ride.

About 2,000 people attended the event held on several roads which were blocked between 7.30am and 9.30am.

The roads would be closed during those hours on the first Sunday of every month.

Cyclists, rollerbladers and skateboaders were able to roam freely from Jalan Dang Wangi to the Golden Triangle through Jalan Ampang, Jalan P. Ramlee, Jalan Raja Chulan, Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail.

Mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib, who officiated at the event, said City Hall planned to include bicycle lanes on several roads for daily use.

“This is a good activity as it will reduce the amount of smoke emitted by vehicles and encourage citizens to use public transportation when the roads are closed,” he said.

Yesterday was a proud moment for accountant Haryanti Tasmiran when her 15-year-old autistic son decided to take up the challenge to join in the bicycle ride.

“My husband and I were looking for a fun and healthy activity for our son to take part in. We were surprised when he asked us if we could ride as a family,” said Haryanti, 41.

She said the activity was a positive approach to strengthening ties with her family while saving the environment.

“It is a perfect way to relax after a hectic week,” she said.

Tourist Emmanuel Matcki, 36, said the event gave skateboarders an opportunity to have fun.

“Malaysia is such a beautiful country and it’s great that the government encourages activities like this for skateboard enthusiasts,” he said.

“I’m here with friends and this is a fantastic way to have fun and have a proper route to skateboard on as there are not many places that allow us to do so.”

Source: The Star Online


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