Kuala Lumpur Bicycle Path

Kuala Lumpur has opened to the public its first dedicated bicycle path, a 5.5 km stretch from Mid Valley to Dataran Merdeka. According to Astro Awani, the route was officiated by mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Taib, who rode the path along with other cyclists for the first time yesterday.

In development since 2013 at a cost of around RM700,000, the route – which passes through the Klang River, Brickfields, the Kompleks Dayabumi compound and Lebuh Pasar Besar – was planned using information gathered by the Cycling Kuala Lumpur independent initiative, which produced a bicycle map for the city.

The project aims to provide an alternative way of travel within the capital, cutting congestion and reducing pollution. It is also intended to instil a cycling culture among Malaysians, particularly the 1.6 million inhabitants within the city. This is in line with the government’s FitMalaysia initiative for a healthier nation, as well as KL’s tourism plan to showcase itself as a developing city that promotes healthy living.

Ahmad Phesal stated there are two more bike paths in the pipeline – a four-kilometre route from Wangsa Maju to Taman Melati and another two-kilometre stretch from Wangsa Maju to Taman Batu Muda – with an estimated combined construction cost of RM2.3 million.

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The Kuala Lumpur bicycle map by Cycling Kuala Lumpur. Click to enlarge

“We are also mulling on another similar project at the area along Sungai Bunus. If the project can be expanded to be part of the ‘Greater KL’ plan, why not?” he said.

Returning to the Mid Valley-Dataran Merdeka route, Ahmad Phesal acknowledged that it still has room for improvement, including the installation of solar lights and CCTVs to improve safety, as well as the beautification of the surrounding landscape. The latter will be done from time to time.

To maintain safety as well as the security of the cyclists using the route, there will be DBKL officers on duty to patrol the bike path. “We will beef up the number of patrol officers,” Ahmad Phesal said. “Right now, DBKL has a bicycle patrol unit comprising 20 people and 40 bicycles, and this will be increased in due time.”