Effective yesterday, May 1, Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) has stopped passengers from carrying bicycles – including foldable ones – on board its Komuter trains plying the Butterworth-Padang Besar route. The ban on bicycles does not affect the Butterworth-Padang Rengas-Butterworth sector, The Star reports.

The rail operator said via a statement that the route had seen a huge increase in passenger load since it was introduced in 2015, prompting the move. “This ban is in the interest of passenger safety and comfort, following public feedback. We thank all the associations and cycling support groups for using our services, and would like to apologise for the latest inconvenience,” the KTM statement said.

“We initially allowed bicycles since the northern sector Komuter service began in September 2015. When we started the service, we only had about 500 passengers daily, but we now have around 11,000 passengers daily,” it added.

The move comes less than a year after KTM launched its Ride n Ride programme to encourage cyclists to bring their bicycles on board. The report added that in the period from June last year to March this year, 10,173 passengers brought their bicycles with them on the northern Komuter.