Kuala Lumpur’s bicycle lane programme will get a further boost with a new route from Taman Melati, Setapak to Kampung Baru, expected to be completed by 2020. According to Datuk Mohd Najib Mohd, director of planning for Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL), this initiative is to expedite travel for those living in the respective areas.

“We find that Sungai Bunus has a well-organised road where we can add lanes for cyclists, pedestrians and for exercising,” said Mohd Najib in a Bernama report. “If anyone wishes to cycle to their work place, it won’t take long, only 20 minutes to here (Sungai Bunus) from Taman Melati,” Mohd Najib said.

Eliminating the drive to work will help lower carbon monoxide emissions and raise awareness on the importance of keeping rivers clean, saying this during the Rediscover Sungai Bunus Fun Cycle programme in conjunction with the World Earth Day. The 7 kilometre cycling event, organised by LA21, the Department of Drainage and Irrigation (DID) and DBKL, was attended by 200 participants from public and private sectors.