Urban Growth, and Transportation in Kuala Lumpur

Can Cycling be Incorporated into Kuala Lumpur's Transportation System?

Roya Shokoohi, Alexandros Nikitas

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Abstract

In recent years, cycling has emerged as an increasingly important consideration for national and local authorities around the world, primarily because of the public’s growing awareness about its health benefits and greenhouse emissions reduction. In the last decade, transport related policies in Malaysia and particularly in Kuala Lumpur have been seeking to support cycling as a travel mode, yet, cycling levels in Kuala Lumpur remain low and evidence about interventions are mixed. Data from an exploratory case study is used here to understand the transportation system planning and urban growth of Kuala Lumpur and their impact on cycling uptake, examining current status of cycling facilities in KL, evaluating effectiveness of the cycling interventions, and the attitudes of participants of cycling events towards using bicycle. Using a combination of evidences from existing literature, observation referring to the quality and use of the first bicycle pathway in Kuala Lumpur, interviews with city officials and a survey of people’s attitudes towards using bicycle, this exploratory research highlights the challenges that a car dependent city faces in its urban transformation and in promoting cycling, as well as the residents’ motivations and deterrents to use bicycle for commuting.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)615-626
Number of pages12
JournalCase Studies on Transport Policy
Volume5
Issue number4
Early online date23 Sep 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017

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