Kuala Lumpur celebrates World Car Free Day 22nd September, 2013 starting opposite KL Dang Wangi LRT Station
KUALA LUMPUR: The city will become the latest city to join the World Car-Free Day movement on Sunday.
For the first time, a section of its busiest area will be cordoned off to traffic from 7am to 11am.
A 4km loop around Bukit Nenas -- from Jalan Dang Wangi to the Golden Triangle via Jalan Ampang, Jalan P. Ramlee, Jalan Raja Chulan, Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail -- will be closed to cars.
In describing the event as an effort to have Kuala Lumpur folk play their part in reducing the city's carbon footprint, Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) deputy president Datuk Naim Mohamad said more car-free days were in the pipeline.
"Kuala Lumpur City Hall wants to see how people respond to the campaign. Should it be successful, we may see monthly car-free days, possibly on Sundays.
"If a monthly campaign proves successful as well, then we may see a car-free Sunday every week."
World Car-Free Day, on Sept 22, is aimed at allowing cities to reduce their carbon footprint by cordoning off the busiest sections to traffic for a period of time.
To launch Malaysia's first car-free day, the inaugural KL Mayor's Cup criterium race will run from 7am to 9am on the 4km loop, after which the public can cycle, jog or walk in the route.
"This is people's chance to come and show their support for environmental conservation.
"By coming here and filling the road, they can also show their commitment to reducing their carbon footprint."