Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) along with Prasarana Malaysia Berhad, operator the LRT and Monorail lines, have proposed the inclusion of special coaches to accommodate cyclists.
The urging of various organizations, fitness advocates, and even the government for the public to take up the bicycle as a means of every transportation has been long ongoing.
According to a report by Bernama, DBKL’s executive director of planning, Datuk Mohd Najib Mohd said at the ‘Dutch Cycling Infrastructure Mission to Kuala Lumpur’ that these coaches would allow people to take folding bicycles aboard and stations would be equipped with storage areas for larger bicycles.
He added that the plan to allow bicycles to be carried aboard the LRT, in cooperation with Prasarana, would only be permitted outside peak hours.
"At the masterplan development stage, the main focus is the first mile connection, namely, to encourage the public to use bicycles to the LRT stations close to their housing areas.
"With the availability of the facilities soon, I hope all city dwellers give their support by using bicycles and public facilities to move about."
Looking forward, other possible facilities to be included at stations for cyclist’s convenience would be stop-over to change clothes and bicycle routes.
The bicycle routes that are planned to have integration with LRT stations include Dataran Merdeka to Mid Valley (5.5km), Wangsa Maju to Taman Melati (4km), and from Wangsa Maju to Taman Batu Muda (2km).
Mohd Najib also said that RM5 million is expected to be allocated to further develop cycling infrastructure around Kuala Lumpur’s urban areas this year.
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