KUALA LUMPUR – February 19, 2018: The Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) wants to see strict enforcement to deter illegal parking and loading/unloading activities on the designated bicycle lane in the city.
Alternatively, it suggests that the cycle lane be re-routed to less dense areas.
These views were expressed by Miros acting director-general Dr. Siti Zaharah Ishak after she had viewed a video clip which showed rampant illegal parking and other activities at parts of the 11.9-kilometre lane provided by DBKL for RM4 million.
She also disagreed with a claim by some that the lane did not allow for practical use. Instead she thinks that it gives cyclists confidence since it is designated solely for them.
“Cyclists generally fall under the category of vulnerable road users (VRU). The separation of cyclists from the main traffic is intended to reduce their risk of getting hit by larger vehicles.
“The safety aspect of all road users has always been the main concern of Miros. Based on road crash statistics, those under the VRU group has the highest percentage in terms of fatalities, representing 72 per cent of overall fatalities and 73 per cent of overall casualties yearly,” she said.
Siti Zaharah nonetheless said studies into several aspects of the bicycle lane should be considered.
Long term or matured motorist’s behavior needs to be studied to determine if the lane serves its purpose to promote safe and comfortable riding.
The durability of the surface materials under long term use also needs to be evaluated and further studies should be carried out on the utilisation and satisfaction of using the lane as well as the need for junction treatment.
Th consultant of the project, Jeffrey Lim, said despite having the bright blue and stretches of white line as visual barrier as well as physical barriers, motorcyclists are still seen to be swerving in and out of the lane.
“The bad user behavior is an issue as the whole of KL has no-parking lines. On top of that we also have the problem of illegally parked vehicles. It is for now beyond the issues of its design and implementation,” Lim pointed out.