More car-free days for KL


KUALA Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is looking into the possibility of having the KL Car Free Morning programme twice a month.

Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib said the monthly programme, which kicked off in January, is getting popular as more and more people are participating in the Sunday event.

“We started with only 2,000 people in January, then it was 2,500 in February and that number increased to 7,000 in March and 10,000 last month,” he said.

“It is getting popular as the numbers suggest, so I think that we may have it twice a month,’’ he told reporters after announcing the new route for the event tomorrow.

When asked why not make it every Sunday, the mayor said: “I think that would be too ambitious. We need to create awareness, pass the message and encourage people to come out here and understand the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle in a healthy city,’’ he said.

“The programme (Car Free KL) must be sustainable as well. The numbers will tell us eventually whether we can have it regularly,’’ he added.

The programme was launched in January to support the Government’s policy for a 40% reduction in carbon emissions by 2020.

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