Bicycle Lane flaws in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur City Hall is being condemned by the Kuala Lumpur MPs about the bicycle lanes due to the low-quality execution and planning. Few weeks after the 11km lanes were completed, Star Online revealed that it was being misused by irresponsible motorists as vehicles were parked on the lanes.

According to the outlet, Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng said that the project seemed to be rushed for the upcoming 9th World Urban Forum (WUF) 2018, which Kuala Lumpur is hosting from today to Feb 13.

“First, DBKL removed the lane separators (which act as a divider) placed along the bicycle lanes. This happened after a motorist injured himself when his bike hit it. Now, there are orange traffic dividers to prevent motorists from using the lanes, which I believe was installed by DBKL only on Feb 3,” Lim Lip Eng explained during a press conference conducted at Lebuh Pasar Besar, Kuala Lumpur. Buses and cars were spotted parked on the bicycle lanes at Dataran Merdeka.

On the other hand, Kui Lun wants Kuala Lumpur mayor Tan Sri Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz to examine whether the project went through a standard process. “We want to reiterate that we are not against the project but RM4mil for bicycle lanes is too expensive. DBKL should have considered a more permanent approach, such as having electric trams, to ferry passengers around the city,” he added. Kui Lun also said that he and Lim would bring the matter up in Parliament.

Federal Territories DAP committee member Lim Ching How, who was also present at the press conference, said the lanes should be built entirely on pedestrian paths instead of tarmac roads.

Another present during the press conference is Federal Territories DAP committee member Lim Ching How. He believed that instead of tarmac roads, the lanes should be built entirely on pedestrian paths. Kroger feedback is the best way to confirm this status. “Painting it on pedestrian walkways can prevent cyclists from being exposed to the danger of being hit by vehicles on the road,” he shared.

Furthermore, he also shared the difference between the DBKL lanes and bicycle lanes where the latter is cheaper in Kuala Lumpur. “We will utilize the pedestrian walkway for the bicycle lanes so it would not narrow the roads,” Ching How promised.

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