Kuala Lumpur Bicycle Path

The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) bicycle project is expanding – following the introduction of Kuala Lumpur’s first dedicated cycling path in April, DBKL has stated that it has allocated RM5 million to expand the network of cycling paths in the capital.

Work on the next phase is expected to be completed by December, Bernama reports. The council’s deputy managing director Datuk Mohd Najib Mohd said the purpose of the project was to encourage citizens to use bicycles as a mean of transport either to work, or at least to the nearest LRT station.

Earlier, it was reported that two more bike paths were in the pipeline following the 5.5 km–long stretch from Mid Valley to Dataran Merdeka. These are a four-kilometre route from Wangsa Maju to Taman Melati and another two-kilometre stretch from Wangsa Maju to Taman Batu Muda. The estimated combined construction cost for both routes is RM2.3 million.

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

“For the project in Taman Melati, it has been completed and the public can cycle from their residence to the Taman Melati LRT station. At Taman Metropolitan in Batu Kepong, it is 90% complete,” he told reporters. He added that a masterplan was also in place to expand the network of cycling paths in Cheras and Wangsa Maju.

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.

Earlier in the year, DBKL initiated its ‘Kuala Lumpur Car-free Morning’ campaign, whereby several stretches of roads are opened to cyclists on the first and third Sunday of every month, from 7.30 to 9.30 am.