Federal Highway motorcycle lane – the danger is real

2016 Fed Highway bike tunnel -2

After the heavy rains over the weekend, we did wonder what the situation might be in the Federal Highway motorcycle lane, more specifically, the tunnels. We got our answer from these pictures taken at the tunnel underneath the Federal Highway-Subang interchange.

As can be seen, the tunnel was flooded at some point during the weekend, and when the flood waters drained away, it left behind a thick coating of mud in the tunnel, along with a pile of mud at one side of the tunnel entrance. This is obviously a clear hazard to motorcyclists, especially when entering the unlit tunnel.

2016 Fed Highway bike tunnel -3

We shall be doing a follow-up ride of the Federal Highway motorcycle lane soon, to see if anything has changed in the last 30 days. We did note that the day after we posted our video, the debris at the on-going construction works at the Selangor arch had been cleaned up.

There will also be more in the series, as we travel the dedicated motorcycle lanes along highways in the Klang Valley. It is our hope, with this series of videos, that the authorities and relevant government agencies pay more attention to the maintenance and safety of all public roads, not just the bike lanes.

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Comments

  • palehotak on Jul 26, 2016 at 10:41 am

    free…normal la tu

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  • waiting for car drivers to comment

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  • FIST (Member) on Jul 26, 2016 at 10:48 am

    The article title can also be renamed to “Malaysian Roads – the danger is real”

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  • Susukotak on Jul 26, 2016 at 10:49 am

    dbkl.. mpsj.. mbpj.. dah boleh bg elaun kat PT sebagai penyelia jalan. staf korang bukan buat keje pun.

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  • donno on Jul 26, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Thank you for highlighting the dangers bikers face everyday paultan!

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  • applegreen on Jul 26, 2016 at 10:55 am

    A few years ago when the heavy rain poured down federal highway, water came up as high as the 2.5m sign. Any fast motorcyclist instantly become submariner

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  • Semi-Value (Member) on Jul 26, 2016 at 10:58 am

    while you all are at this, i think you all should also highlight the dangers of motorcyclists riding dangerously on the car lanes

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    • Albert on Jul 26, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      Datuk Samy
      Some of the hell riders like you say,deserve to die by hogging the fast lanes meant for cars.
      Problematic bike lanes do not justify matrempiting at car lanes.
      I saw one hell rider trying to chit chat with his hell rider friend along car lanes,at fast speed.
      Nirvana will welcome these dudes.

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    • might as well review those dangerous car driver that thought they are motorbike zip-zaping on the highway.

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    • greengo on Jul 27, 2016 at 10:37 am

      Its clear that you sir is no motorcycle rider. Why dont you try riding a bike for once and you tell me which way is safe. All my years of riding, I have survived by going a bit faster than clumsy cars. I can avoid hitting a car but I cannot guarantee a clumsy car wont hit me from behind. I remember an accident happened many years ago. A husband was riding a small bike with his pregnant wife on a flyover that is about 10 storeys high. One clumsy car hit them from behind and push them off the flyover. Both the husband and wife along with the unborn baby died on the spot. The car just speed off never to be seen again. To us riders its simple, I hit you I die. You hit me I die. Which one you prefer? All you clumsy drivers can call us hell riders but in truth you are the devil.

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  • old horse on Jul 26, 2016 at 11:00 am

    The problem is croniesland DOES NOT spend in maintenance in every part of the buildings, roads, projects…they rather spend in new projects for more pocket money…

    Quality of the life, nah, keep building new low quality projects with higher price is croniesland trend.

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  • Hantu on Jul 26, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Thank you paultan.org for highlighting the issue. Make the riders safer throughout the journey.

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  • coach on Jul 26, 2016 at 11:41 am

    the GCE motorcycle lanes have issues with mud in the tunnel stretches as well. KESAS motorcycle lanes are much better, but bikes are forced to exit at the USJ Summit interchange, go down towards the first u-turn along Persiaran Kewajipan, then rejoin the lanes. The motorcycle lanes along the major road from Puchong Gateway to Dengkil are never used as they are definite killers.

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    • Padan muka to all these bikes. All lansi and like to show finger to people on the road. Now they suffer. I cadang Polis saman all the bike clowns if they use Federal Highway.

      Bisa Bisa Bisa!

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      • road user on Jul 26, 2016 at 12:24 pm

        Care to tell me how many fingers you got today? Don’t be an idiot, be wise. Seriously, your country need it.

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      • ClarkKent on Jul 27, 2016 at 9:46 am

        U must be idiot drivers. Go buy condom at 7e and stop reproducing. Riders doesnt simply middlefinger people. U drive in car corner suka suki dont know how dangerous u r to others. Just because u drive car doesnt simply reflect u on the higher level and can padan muka orang meh. Me myself decide to leave conti cars at home and choose to ride to KL because of sick of traffics. Pretty sure others are better.

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      • greengo on Jul 27, 2016 at 10:40 am

        Only idiot drivers got finger. This is a sure sign of one idiot driver here.

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      • Stop feeding the troll

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    • Michelin on Jul 27, 2016 at 12:54 am

      Great job PT.. Should do like this more often.. Please try Putrajaya’s bike lanes.. It is even worse there..

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  • Nissan on Jul 26, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Glad tha Paultan bring this problem up. But the authority will no care about this that’s why the design post a lot of danger to the biker. Too many sharp corner. Accidents always happen because the user had increase but nothing is changed to cope with it.

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  • vios racer on Jul 26, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    If you’re poor and can’t afford to driving then stop complaining how bad the motorcycle lane. That’s your own problem and you not even paid roadtax!

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    • Susukotak on Jul 26, 2016 at 12:28 pm

      if not the bikers… we will stuck in federal highway 2 hour every morning not 45min.

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    • orang biasa on Jul 26, 2016 at 12:55 pm

      Hey, vios racer! You vios car is budget car sedan and worst performance and safety compare other car sedan. I know your balancing to 2 wheels $uck, that why you drive loser car to act like racer cap ayam. Motor also paid roadtax, fyi.

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    • SBK rider on Jul 26, 2016 at 12:56 pm

      My motorcycle roadtax is more than your car roadtax dear mr. Vios racer. So shut the hell up n please drive as u are drive only vios, not some expensive supercar.

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    • Vios Racer
      im using motorcyle and using federal highway motorcyle lane too.do you think all rider motorcyle dont have their own car and race car at home.do u wanna try??

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    • suicai99 on Jul 26, 2016 at 3:33 pm

      Imbecile driver, we choose to ride because it is faster than getting stuck in jam, not because we cant afford cars. Speaking of which you should be thankful for us riding which means lesser cars on the road, u sorry @55hole!

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    • linear_system on Jul 26, 2016 at 4:35 pm

      yoo racer boy..my scooter pay roadtax triple than your vios needs to pay..do u even know that??

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    • Michelin on Jul 27, 2016 at 12:58 am

      My bike’s road tax is more expensive than your lousy ah beng’s vios, dumbass.. So stop comparing road tax and be a wise road user, please..

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    • greengo on Jul 27, 2016 at 10:47 am

      Hahaha this one is funny. Who the hell race in a Vios?? Must be a budget hero racer hahaha.

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  • cikedis on Jul 26, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    dah 6 tahun sy guna nkve.. rupa-rupanya problem ni still exist dekat federal highway.. ingatkan dah settle..

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  • orang biasa on Jul 26, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    “Sorry boss, we didn’t receive any reports of haze motor lane.” Pls report it and we will review later on…”. Slogan of cronies style

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  • nabill (Member) on Jul 26, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    They probably budgeted for repairs and maintenance for few years… U know the rest… In the mean time… Somebody is having a bungalow….

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  • Azril on Jul 26, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    Maybe you guys can ride through from shah alam to kl during morning rush hour say 8am. It will be interesting to observe especially at toll batu 3 diversion, entrance from subang airport road, detour road if undepass at nanyang siang pau is flooded (if not, watch your head for hanging flood lights), entrance from ldp, entrance and exit from ss9/2, entrance and exit after cycle and carriage (jln 51a/219), under pass after ford service and entrance and exit to naza world, road diversion after fitness first until it merges again at another intersection. try ride it there couple of times during morning rush hour so you can get a better feel.

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  • Haha23 on Jul 26, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    May i know what bike you riding, and do biker need to use bike lane, if not will officer catch us, i’m not living kl, so i want to know if i go using bike

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    • ClarkKent on Jul 27, 2016 at 9:48 am

      Certain roads are unallowed for riders. Such as federal (only certain part) coz some other part rider need to exit to normal road toccontinue journey

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      • crash on Jul 28, 2016 at 11:24 pm

        Nobody give a damn at Kesas . After Puchong toll heading to Shah Alam, I can see so many bikers during after working hours hogging the car lanes.

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    • greengo on Jul 27, 2016 at 10:49 am

      Certain roads are not allowed for riders but at certain times there are no police around. Havent you notice?

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  • John Chong on Jul 26, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Thank you for highlighting.
    Just to share my experience.
    I used to ride on this route daily to/from work. From Puchong to Mont Kiara.
    The tunnel at Jalan 222 is very bad. No lights. On one evening, I almost submarinized myself in there after a heavy downpour. It was like a half-filled aquarium (Dunno got ikan or not lah). Luckily sempat to stop in time. Please be careful, fellow riders; slow down when entering tunnels.

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  • ClarkKent on Jul 27, 2016 at 9:36 am

    I have a feeling Paultan’s staff riding to office, hence noticed and update about this. BTW am riding to office myself also. That slut photo havent been move off since last week.

    If ur from KL to Shah Alam in bike lane (before Sunway flyover) ull notice an old bike at the side of bike lane. Very dangerous and it has not been remove for YEARS!

    I dont pick up bike lane only. But u can see dead dogs, cats, exploded tyres are left for weeks before collected up / removed. Very slow in action. I did done a case study one white front car bumper at skve heading ioi city mall lying at the fast lane’s side, uncollected for 2 months.

    I wondered who is the full authority for this.

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    • ClarkKent on Jul 28, 2016 at 7:10 pm

      It’s me again ClarkKent.

      I noticed today the slut removed, and that old bike has been moved out from side of motorcycle lane. Kudos to Paultan.

      I bet someone reading this. Haha

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  • ClarkKent on Jul 27, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Wow. Gomen also wanna do business meh?

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  • crash on Jul 28, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    This is too much I believe. We all pay income tax , roadtax and now GST . Want increase parking charges in KL , but road don’t want maintain .

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  • desimon on Aug 03, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Try review at night. Alot of the path has no light at all.

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