Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is looking into introducing bicycle lanes at certain stretches of roads in the city, said Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib.
He said a special bicycle track along the Gombak River from Jelatek to Mid Valley has been proposed to the Government but the matter was still being discussed. The plan is part of the Greater KL and green effort for the city.
"We are in the process of identifying the stretches which can be used. Simply closing roads in the city without proper consideration would cause a negative impact on the overall traffic condition.
"The implementation has to be done properly and discussed with traffic police as well as relevant stakeholders," he said.
Phesal was speaking at the unveiling of OCBC Cycle Malaysia 2013 new route and the announcement of The Corporate Charity Challenge.
The 12.1km route for the OCBC Cycle Malaysia 2013 covers both the mass participation and kids' rides, converging at Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC).
OCBC Cycle Malaysia is set to take place from Jan 11 to 13 next year.
The Foldies Community Rides (24km), The Community Ride (24km) and the The Challenge (48km) will begin at KLCC across Jalan Pinang and Jalan Raja Chulan, cutting across Masjid Jamek and Menara OCBC, making a loop at Jalan Parlimen after Dataran Merdeka onto Jalan Sultan Salahuddin.
For the second leg, the route gives riders a greener view through Jalan Tun Ismail before looping around Jalan Kuching to the Putra World Trade Centre and then on to Jalan Dang Wangi to the lap point in Jalan Ampang.
The Kids' Rides (5.5km), Junior Challenge (30 minutes) and Tricycle Ride (100m) will take place within the KLCC's vicinity, looping around Persiaran Petronas.
Phesal hopes the event would become an international signature cycling event for Kuala Lumpur.
"OCBC Cycle Malaysia 2013 is targeting some 5,000 cyclists, which isn't impossible considering they have over 3,000 participants who have already signed up.
"The organiser is expecting at least 2,000 riders and supporters from Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia," said Phesal.
Meanwhile, OCBC Al-Amin Bank Bhd director and chief executive officer Syed Abdull Aziz Syed Kechik spoke about the latest addition with The Corporate Charity Challenge, which an extension of The Challenge (48km) category.
He said the category allowed corporate teams of four to raise funds for three official charity organisation namely National Autism Society of Malaysia, National Cancer Society of Malaysia and Budimas Charitable Foundation.
"Teams of four can register for the challenge at RM5,000 per team, whereby RM4,500 is donated back the organisations. We are targeting to raise about RM100,000, which we think can be achieved.
Registration fees for OCBC Cycle Malaysia 2013 starts from RM22. For details, log on to www.ocbc.cyclemalaysia.com.my