A month-long study on the separators installed on the Kuala Lumpur cycling lanes will be carried out by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS). The agency has had a meeting with Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) regarding this issue, said MIROS acting director-general Dr Siti Zaharah Ishak and reported by Bernama.

The cycling lane separators attracted controversy recently when road-users began posting on Facebook alleging it was the source of accidents, mainly amongst motorcyclists. The separators were installed to demarcate the cycling lanes and prevent encroachment into the lane by other road users.

In an immediate about-turn, the lane separators were removed by DBKL after several reports in the press and online media. The cycling lane was created ahead of the ninth World Urban Forum to be held on February 7 to 13 for the use of delegates attending the conference, and will remain part of the road infrastructure to be used by cyclists in the central business district.

“We are not directly involved in its implementation because most local authorities have their own team of experts,” said Dr Siti, speaking to reporters at the Kawasaki Road Safety Campaign in Sungai Besi. “However, the incident involves road safey, so MIROS will be involved…in that study, we will look further from the aspect of road engineering, weather as well as the materials,” she continued.

In other news, it was mistakenly reported in a local print daily that the cost of the cycling lanes was RM4 billion. A correction was later made with RM 4 million posted as the accurate figure.