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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

(The Star) New bicycle lane set to link tourist attractions in Shah Alam

A 15km bicycle lane in Section 14 Shah Alam is set be completed by the middle of next year.

It will be the first of three phases for a complete 75.55km circuit that links Section 14, Section 7 and Section 13 in Shah Alam.

Shah Alam mayor Datuk Ahmad Zaharin Mohd Saad said the bicycle lanes were part of the Low Carbon City Action Plan, on a public transportation level.

He said the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) allocated RM2.4mil for the first phase of the bicycle lane.

“It will share the same road as motorists, but the designated lane will be painted blue.

“By September this year we should be awarding the tender to a contractor and by middle of next year it should be ready for use,” he said in a press conference at the Low Carbon City by 2030 town hall meeting in Shah Alam Royal Theatre.

Ahmad Zaharin said the bicycle lanes would link visitors to key tourist places and once Phase I was completed, MBSA would look into incorporating bicycle rental services.

A total 500 participants comprising developers, policy enforcers, councillors and representatives from government agencies in the country participated in the town hall event that saw the launch of the Shah Alam Low Carbon City By 2030 Action plan and the appointment of 14 MBSA department representatives as Green Ambassadors to spearhead the efforts.

Ahmad Zaharin said the action plan would guide new developers to build greener building and educate the public on conserving energy.

“MBSA’s plan is to reduce 45% of carbon by 2030.

“To achieve this, we need to educate developers on how they can incorporate environmentally-friendly measures in their building plans.

“The action plan we have drawn out is based on examples and ideas modelled after Tokyo and Yokohama.

“On the ground level, we need to continuously educate the public on waste separation at source and teach school children on the small ways they can conserve energy.

“This is why on top of the action plan we have launched a competition with prizes worth RM94,000 for the best green initiative in Shah Alam from now until Sept 15,” he said, adding that the public from students to corporate organisation can submit their ideas for the competition.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry (KeTTHA) green technology sector under secretary of policy Paul Wong said the ministry would support MBSA’s initiatives based on its own Low Carbon City Framework (LCCF).

“The LCCF is both a plan and a calculator to help major cities like Shah Alam improve their green initiatives.

“Shah Alam is one of the greenest cities in Malaysia. A greener city tends to attract more international investors and our hope is that more city councils will look into incorporating the LCCF into their green initiatives,” he said.