Kuala Lumpur – The ‘KL Car Free Morning’ monthly campaign to promote carbon emission reduction would hopefully attract city dwellers to use the bicycle as a mode of transport for simple trips.
Mayor Ahmad Phesal Talib said riding the bicycle had become a regular practice in many cities.
“In Australia for instance, such a mode of transport has become the preference even to the workplace,” he told reporters.
Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has set the first Sunday of every month as ‘KL Car Free Morning’, but it was held on Saturday this month as Muslims would be celebrating Aidiladha on Sunday.
Ahmad Phesal said the campaign was also meant to be a recreational programme for city families, where for two hours at least, they could ride their bicycles or go on foot without being overwhelmed by noise and carbon monoxide pollution.
He said city dwellers’ response to the programme since January had been very encouraging.
There had been suggestions to make the campaign a weekly programme.
Despite the long weekend holiday, around 4,000 people showed up to cycle the six kilometres around Dataran Merdeka.
The excursion from 7am to 9am, covered Jalan Raja Laut, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Dang Wangi, Jalan Ampang, Jalan P. Ramlee and Jalan Tun Perak.
DBKL organised it with the cooperation of the Malaysian National Cycling Federation and OCBC Bank. – Bernama