There is a slowly growing community of cyclists in Kuala Lumpur which has been very active in mapping bike paths all across the city. In 2015, the KL’s first bicycle path was inaugurated. This was a 5.5 km stretch from Dataran Merdeka going to Mid Valley City in Bangsar. Unlike most bicycle paths in other cities around the world, the route is a dedicated bike path, built exclusively for cyclists.
Bike Path Blueprint
The KL city government under mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib used the information gathered by Cycling Kuala Lumpur to come up with the path. Cycling Kuala Lumpur is an independent all-volunteer group which crowd sourced a cyclist friendly map around KL.
According to a Nielsen internet survey, Malaysia leads the world in owning multiple cars. About 54% of households own two or more vehicles. There have been other initiatives to get people to drive less including car-free mornings every first and third Sunday of the month. However, a sustainable bike movement with government support is still on the drawing boards.
There are several other bike paths confirmed under an integrated route blueprint. These include a path from Wangsa Maju to Taman Melati; Wangsa Maju to Teman Batu Muda; KL Sentral to Lake Garden; and Cheras bike route. These planned routes would take a while before they are built. In the meantime, there are parks and nature preserves where people can take their bikes and enjoy long rides.
Growing Interest in Cycling
Bike shops and accessories suppliers have already jumped on the rising popularity of cycling. The Klang valley has seen an increase in bike shops, where cyclists now gravitate to when they need something for their bikes. In case you need a cycling jersey, require bike parts, or get a bicycle pump in Malaysia, you should check out the Klang valley bike shops and see what they have to offer.
Cycling in Malaysia is evolving, and it seems that great developments are in store for the near future. For cycling enthusiasts and environmentalists, this is a good sign. It means that there would be more bike paths to enjoy sometime soon.