Penang kicks off bicycle lanes plan

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The MPPP has come up with a plan to introduce bicycle lanes on the island. The RM30m first phase will see a 12.5km dedicated bicycle lane along the east coast from Queensbay Mall to George Town scheduled for completion within two years.

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Penang’s bicycle lanes plan is now open for public feedback.

Of the 12.5km route, 9.6km will be along the coast, and the bulk of the cost of this section will be borne by five property developers with projects along the route. The remaining 2.9km of the route and a bridge across Sungai Pinang will be undertaken by the MPPP. The MPPP is also allocating RM5.3m in its budget every year for cycling amenities.

The plan is now open for public feedback. You can provide your feedback by going to the MPPP website here.

This is a commendable move and a good start.

But what about mainland Penang? MPSP, do come up with your own plan.

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ong eu soon
ong eu soon
The most expensive option is cycle tracks or protected bike lanes — which are separated from traffic either by elevating the lane or separating the lane at road level with a median or bollards — that can cost around RM 3.2million per kilometre, That’s typically because they include a lot of traffic signal upgrades and the separation between the vehicle traffic and the bikes need some sort of infrastructure that costs a bit of money. But did lim guan eng built a protected bicycle lane? Lim Guan Eng administration only built a normal bicycle lane without any special protection for… Read more »
ong eu soon
ong eu soon
GEORGE TOWN: The Pakatan Rakyat state government was asked by a social activist to justify why it had spent a whopping RM30 million to build a mere 12.5km bicycle lane along the coastal road of Penang Island. Activist Ong Eu Soon told FMT that judging by the estimated cost of building a bicycle lane of similar length in America, it would have cost Malaysia at the most, only RM6 million based on a 60 per cent mark-up rate of RM2.25 million. Besides the mark-up, Ong said that the total cost would have included RM1.5 million for excavation and disposal, RM665,600… Read more »
ong eu soon
ong eu soon
Lim Guan Eng administration built a 12.5km bicycle lane at a cost of RM30million. DAP claimed that it can build infrastructure at fraction of cost compared to BN. Let compare Lim Guan Eng administration with Obama administration to see who is more cost effective. The costs of building a 12.5km bicycle lane in US come from the following activities 1)Excavation and disposal 125000x2x20x0.3/12=12500Cubic meter=12500×1.3=16250cubic yards The price for excavations and disposal is US$30 per CY. The total cost for excavations and disposal is $487500 2) Asphalt 4inch thickness 12500x2x4x0.3×1.3/12=3250CY=2600TON The cost of asphalt per ton is $80. Total cost of… Read more »
don anamalai
don anamalai

Anil

Here is the latest update on Singapore’s national plan to promote cycling.

Channel NewsAsia’s Saifulbahri Ismail examines the challenges of making cycling a more viable option and a way of life in Singapore:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FSgaLV7AU8&feature=c4-overview&list=UU83jt4dlz1Gjl58fzQrrKZg

Singapore cyclists can soon find more reasons to hop on their bicycles for leisure, or as a means to commute to work in the future, with a national plan to promote cycling as an alternative mode of transport in the works. Central to that plan is an extensive network of cycling paths to be built across the island. But will this be enough to develop a cycling culture?

Ong Eu Soon

The publicly shared bicycle programme proposed by me in my Citizen Alternative Transport Initiative cost only RM21 million for 200 bike station with 2000 bikes. This proposal will truly make Penang a bicycle state, yet Lim Guan Eng is so blind and stupid to ignore it and spend our money wantonly. Read the initiative at http://eusoon.blogspot.com/2011/11/penang-citizen-alternative-transport.html

tunglang

Why not create a proposal & present it to LGE or MPPP?
Like what’s been done for Penang Street Food Museum (my initial text draft sent to MPPP & Pg Museum @ Macalister Road, no response yet).
Or get Think City to part finance your proposal as a heritage-linked project.

Time flies, and good ideas that don’t come to fruition will leave Penang losing all her talents to Singland like some Ori-Maestro making dreams come true in another islan

tunglang

correction:
like some Ori-Maestros making dreams come true in another island.

king kong
king kong

Who is blind> You are so blind that U miss the bicycle lanes. U r A. Remeo buy to show off. If the developers can say whatever they want. It can be their sales strategy. But Gerakan K only wants housing estate cater for cars traffic and anyone comes to the estate must ber by cars – not shorts, singles, no walking or bicylce.

Yang
Yang

30 millions uncorrupted for a good cause of instilling health consciousness and protecting the environment is not stupid or blind.

It`s the stupid and blind that are not able to see the billions being corruptly siphoned off unless this blind and corrupted has a hand in it.

AMMO BN survived on these corrupts, untransparency, lies and deceit while DAP survives on honesty, competency and accountability.

Yang
Yang
PR DAP LGE is an all rounder. They look after the people unlike the UMNO Bn that is more interested in money by approving Lynas and Petrochemical that their own country Australia and Taiwan rejected. In reality we are accepting s…. that will endanger the health and environment. This is a really stupid and blind UMNO BN govt. Ooop not stupid but corrupted. On the other hand beside implementing project that is healthy and environment conscious, PR Dap LGE also implement low and low medium cost housing for the people despite the high price of land in the country such… Read more »
Gerakan K
Gerakan K

Why my tax money wasted on this stupid project ??? Secondly, why so expensive ???

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Commission Commission Commission

Angel gomen kah ??? It is more like another QUICK RICH SCHEME !!!

Imagine we can build the very first batch of low cost houses using that 30million ??? Why oh why ??? Bicycle lanes are more important than low cost houses ??? What a stupid DAP gomen !!!

Yang
Yang

PR LGE is doing a good job by building bicycle land and ALSO planting of trees and plants along the road such as Datuk Keramat Road and Carnavon Street of which are 2 examples. Limiting plastic bags is also good in protecting the environment.

One example of wasting money by the BN and previous Gerakan govt is the RM300k sore thumb in Udini roundabout. Remember that. !!!

Yes this is not only STUPID but the price of RM300k show whether its corrupted or not. Let the people here guess.

SunnyOoi
SunnyOoi

Ya lo. If up to gerakan, penang will have low cost skyline. Such bicycle lane we gerakan will never support.

Andrew I

Yeah, especially when you don’t know how to ride a bicycle and you crash into innocent kids.

king kong
king kong

It sows bicycle lanes are very high class than the cheapo roads. Therefore more penang people should use it. Go and make full use of the high class bicycle lanes! In fact why go and join the jammed road and stress with heart attacks.

Gerakan K
Gerakan K

@king kong:

what a pathetic comment by a blind supporter !!! Then you should shut up when the AG reports reporting the HIGH CLASS screwdrivers or HIGH CLASS repair services.

DAP survives just because there are a lot of blind supporters like you !!! Shame on YOU, king kong !!!

Kevin
Kevin

Actually they survive because their opponents could not run a government efficiently for the past 20 years.

tunglang

Rm30 million for just 12.5km of bicycle lane, so expensive ah?
How wide will be the super highway bicycle lane?
Will it be paved in gold dust & anti-slip compound?
What about rain shelter along the way?
Or cooling trees (not Arabian palm trees)?

The cost to me is ‘exorbitant’ as building a normal highway!

Kevin
Kevin
tunglang, I see two reasons for this. U must understand that 5 developers are building 80% of the track as part of their CSR. Even if it only costs only RM 5 million to build everything, they will surely tell you it RM 30 Million so that they look good in the eyes of the public. Now everyone will think that these developers are such nice angels who have contributed so much to the state and its people. That is part of doing business and is good A&P. Later on, they will erect a huge sign declaring their participation and… Read more »
Kevin
Kevin

Tunglang, the bicycle rental service is a good idea especially for ppl who are not regular cyclists.

Wira, I hope what you think will turn out to be true. We will never know what their plans are because the full details have not been released. Merely the rough route it will take. And even when they provide artist’s impressions, the pictures seldom resemble the actual thing.

wira

Surely the a bicycling path along the shore line of Jelutong will include landscaping and the creation of a linear garden that will enhance the value of IJM & other projects along the coastline. I believe that’s where the RM30 million will go to.

tunglang

Kevin, that is lovely bicycle lane pic from SingLand.
One can even ride with one eye closed or cycle backward!
Just reminds me of old time Gurney Drive of the 60’s & 70’s.
I am wondering whether they allow a bicycle 911 shop to operate for emergency or a bicycle rental service like the one in Shenzhen, China.
Anybody selling a penny farthing?

moo_t
moo_t
It seems this is the case, Bolehland(TM) cost mark up on public project. Bicycle lane cost way less compare to motor-ways, and much cheaper to maintain. HOWEVER. From KL motor-lanes experiences, there is no policies to MONITOR and PUNISH heavy vehicle owner that damaging the road. One bulldozer lane on the light lane, can damage the pavement in seconds,before carelessly landing the bulldozer shovel on the pavement. In addition, smart alecks municipal councils attempt to “beautify” (and again pocket some money) the lane, planting tree too close to the road, with NO root-barrier that prevent the tree root from making… Read more »
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