KUCHING, Sept 18: The construction of Kuching South City’s second cycling and pedestrian track along Jalan Stutong to Lorong Song 3C junction has begun.
Kuching South City Council (MBKS) mayor Datuk Wee Hong Seng disclosed that the RM460,000 project spanning about 1.2km is expected to complete this Dec 16.
“This is our second bicycle and pedestrian track in Kuching under the MBKS jurisdiction. It covers 1.6m width of path for cycling and another 0.9m for pedestrian walkway. With this track, it provides an additional and safer path for cyclists as well as joggers by separating them from vehicles on the road.
“The first bicycle and pedestrian track covers Jalan Keranji 4 to Jalan Kedandi, passing Stutong Community Market in Tabuan Jaya,” Wee said at the handing over of the open tender project to the contractor, Syarikat Gigih Prasarana this morning.
He pointed that these projects were part of MBKS efforts to realise the vision of clean, green, beautiful and liveable Kuching city and in line with World Health Organisation (WHO) Sustainable Development Goal 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities.
MBKS encourages the use of bicycles for short trips within the vicinity of the neighbourhood and for recreational purposes.
Wee added that they will implement a combined foot path cum bicycle track area for dense housing estates and cater for the disabled people with other safe city features on the roads and streets as well.
“To further encourage cycling in the city, MBKS will look into and plan innovative cycling tracks which will play a supportive role and environment. With this, we hope that it will encourage people to engage in daily physical activities, thereby creating the ‘soul of the city’ which will lead to better and healthier lifestyle,” he said.— DayakDaily