Friday, May 23, 2008

9km Jogging Track High Up in Sky

While the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, is still planning for a walkway connecting few buildings, Singapore has constructed an elevated walkway spanning 9km.

While Singapore is preserving its limited greens and allowing walkway users to experience the greeneries along the walkways, Kuala Lumpur's latest KL City Plan 2020 is cutting down the greeneries.

An elevated walkway with 2 main bridges called the Southern Ridges is up and running.
Literally running as a Singaporean blogger, Walter Lim, has used the walkway as his jogging track nowadays.

The highest point of the elevated walkway, 36m above Henderson Road.

Jogging high up in the sky. What a refreshing way of exercising. Way above the congested traffic and pollution.

Going back to my city, there are plans just build elevated walkways / bridges connecting few high human traffic areas.

Projects being planned and mentioned (but hasn't take off):-
* 300m bridge to link Abdullah Hukum light rail transit (LRT) station in Bangsar to the Mid Valley Megamall at a cost of RM12 million (which works out to RM40,000 per metre) - said to be ready by mid 2008.

* walkway to link Menara Maybank, Impiana Hotel and Cahaya Suria Shopping Centre with the Pudu Raya bus terminal at a cost of RM20 million (what's the total length of this walkway?) - said to be ready by mid 2008.

* Best Western Premier Seri Pacific Kuala Lumpur Hotel to The Mall (just build a pedestrian bridge will do, don't go for extra complex walkways) - said to be ready by end 2008.

* the Maju Junction Complex to the Sime Darby building (for whom to walk? there are no tourism sites or interesting spots along this path at all) - said to be ready by end 2008.

* the Pasar Seni LRT station to the main post office building at the Dayabumi Complex. They will be ready by the end of next year (there's an existing bridge already, why the need to incur extra cost?) - said to be ready by end 2008.

First of all, start small. Please connect the walkway (non-elevated) between the two entrances of STAR LRT and Putra LRT at the Masjid Jamek area which is only 20m apart (estimated cost of RM10,000). But latest is that a huge RM5 million pedestrian bridge may be built instead of constructing a 20m covered walkway. What's the rationale?

Next, please appoint me into the City Hall Council because I think I can brag / say even far more greater projects than all the current people in the council.

Reading: Walking in KL Will Be a Breeze - Red Orbit
Tags: Southern Ridges, Singapore, Henderson Road, Jogging Track, Elevated Walkway



Blogger Buzzing J said...

You've got my vote, except I don't live in KL. :)

24 May, 2008 15:16  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

aiyah, u must move here to cast that vote ... haha

24 May, 2008 15:41  
Anonymous Taipan said...

If you feel toll very expensive which I also feel it's too, then use bike lo....I have cars but I use it only when the traffic is the evenings. But in order to get the best deal, listen to the radio for road situations. On a bike, anytime is a good time....any day is a good day...heard of car jams but never heard of 'bike jams'......Beat it....beat it...tsk...tsk....

24 May, 2008 17:37  
Blogger acura said...

The Masjid Jamek station is one big joke. Its suppose to be an interchange station but in order to change between lines you need to walk across a very busy road to do it. Malaysia Boleh haha

You have my vote as well ^~^

25 May, 2008 16:34  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

taipan - personally, i'm the kind of person who will voice out whether it affects me or the rest. i won't keep quiet if it affects the majority but i'm safe.

acura - yr observation is correct there. how are u to get kl people to take public transport when small things like this can't be done

26 May, 2008 01:07  
Anonymous Dora said...

I'll vote for ya definitely! hehehe...

26 May, 2008 23:58  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

thks dora. will ensure that yr residential will have no potholes and free of thieves / robbers

28 May, 2008 13:33  

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