SUBANG JAYA: The wheels are in motion to study a proposal by cycling enthusiasts to turn the under-utilised back lanes of SS14 and SS18, herem into cycling lanes.
Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) president Datuk Asmawi Kasbi said the council was keen to work with the group to identify the route and study the feasibility of immediate implementation.
"We can clean up and even beautify the back lanes, and consider lighting up the route.
"I will put together a technical team to meet with the group to start working out the details," he said.
Asmawi said the residents' cooperation was needed to maintain cleanliness of the back lanes.
Subang Jaya OCPD Yahaya Ramli welcomed the idea of having cyclists present in the back lanes.
"Sixty per cent of break-ins are perpetrated from the back of the house. The cyclists will help to be the ears and eyes of the police," he said.
Subang Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh said the challenges were obstructions in the back lanes as well as security concerns.
"Some residents may not want the back of their houses to be so accessible; some have applied for back lane fencing years ago. "
"MPSJ has undertaken to map this out in new housing areas but for established housing areas, we definitely need to first engage the stakeholders before proceeding," she said, adding that if all parties were agreeable, she could assist in the application of state funds for the the pilot project.
MPSJ councillor for Zone 3 Dr K.M. Loi said it was an excellent idea to provide cycling tracks and recreational facilities for residents.
He said gated-and-guarded schemes could, however, limit access to the back lanes.
MPSJ councillor for Zone 1 Rajiv Rishyakaran said the concept should be tested in the back lanes of SS14 and SS18 to gauge public response before it is implemented in other areas. SJ Echo