For those of you who frequent Genting Sempah and love how the trees protect you from the blazing sun whilst the roads challenge you as a cyclist, surely you would have come across a few places along this route where rubbish has been piling up for some time now.
This has always been the sore point of this particular area. Although most of the time this cycling route is considered as a cycling haven, the area is not always treated like one.
Institut Jantung Negara (Malaysia’s National Heart Institute) has wanted to change this for the longest of time now and they did exactly that last weekend, in collaboration with SAY (Selangor Youth Community).
Headed by IJN’s Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Seri Dr.Mohd Azhari Yakub and officiated by Tengku Amir Shah, Selangor’s Crown Prince who is also SAY’s patron, the area received a revamp which included some “gotong-royong” style cleaning up. The day also saw the installation of rest and recover stations and bicycle racks.
“IJN has adopted a 15km route from Jalan Gombak to Genting Sempah and want to make it a pleasant route for cyclists who regularly come here. The area is one of the prettiest areas to cycle, and with the help of SAY as well others who have supported our initiative, we can hopefully turn this place into a Cycling Paradise,” said Azhari.
The Saturday event was attended by volunteers as well as IJNCC riders (IJN Cycling Club) who were constantly hopping on and off their bikes to help pick up rubbish as well as clear areas that were hazardous for cyclists.
The ‘adopted road’ project is a first of its kind and an estimated allocation of RM200,000 has been predicted to help provide five rest and recover areas which will have chairs as well as bicycle racks.
There is also a suggestion that IJN will look further into making the route the ultimate cycling nirvana, by closing the route twice in month on weekends just like Kuala Lumpur’s car free programme. However, there’s been nothing concrete on this just yet.
The Genting Sempah cycling haven project was supported by many corporations, namely the Public Works Department (JKR), Sunway Group, as well as many others.