No entry for m-cycles in KL public parks

By GEORGE WONG | 27 April 2015

KUALA LUMPUR: Motorcyclists are prohibited from riding their bikes on walkways in public parks of Kuala Lumpur.

Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib said City Hall (DBKL) would take action on errant motorcyclists and build barriers to prevent them from riding on those paths.

“Lanes in the park are made for cyclists and pedestrians.

“Motorcyclists are endangering pedestrians and families at the park.

“We have issued 20 summonses to motorcyclists who were riding on the walkways in Perdana Botanical Gardens, Titiwangsa and Kepong Metropolitan Park.

“Each summons issued is RM100.

“We are also working on installing mechanical barriers to prevent motorists from driving into the parks and signage to remind them,” he said during the launch of Aquaretro electric boats recreation facility at Kepong Metropolitan Park.

DBKL oversees 16 public parks.

The Aquaretro boats are the latest attraction at the 90ha public park converted from a former mining pool and opened in 2004.

Asia TechBiz Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Mahyudi Md Yusof said 15 self-pilot boats were available.

“Aqua refers to water and Retro refers to the classic-car shape of the boats.

“Each boat can accommodate four passengers, ideally two adults and two children.

“Everyone can take a ride on the boat for RM50 per boat for 40 minutes,” he said.

In view of the increasing number of visitors to the park, Ahmad Phesal said DBKL was planning a multi-storey carpark in Kepong Metropolitan Park.

Citing Yogyakarta for lively parks and recreational facilities, the mayor said two public parks would be opened at night.

“DBKL is working towards opening Perdana Botanical Gardens and Titiwangsa Lake Gardens at night for the public.

“From either June or July, we will consider having more activities at night for people to take part in,” he said.

However, he added that DBKL would have to look into concerns about possible misuse of the park at night and prevent immoral activities after dark at those parks.