Exploring Shah Alam City via the new Bike Lane Loops

Last July 2013, I post a link from a local newspaper report on a new bicycle lane that the city of Shah Alam is embarking on. click here for the post.

The project is partly social engineering and partly urban renewal i.e. to get people in Shah Alam and the neighbouring areas  to take up a more healthy lifestyle through walking, cycling, running in a controlled and safe environment via dedicated paths or loops.

It is also an urban renewal initiative  in the way the new bike path is creating new accessibility to existing facilities and local attractions that have been slowly forgotten or even ignored. When moving through life at a slower pace, either walking or cycling, one can definitely see more, experience more, stop and smell the roses (or orchids in Shah Alam’s case). In my case, I  have been a resident of Shah Alam since 1985  and is very familiar with all the roads that a car can go through within the city however, when I cycled in the city yesterday, I was discovering new nooks and crannies that I did not even  know existed or perhaps overlooked when passing through in a car. These new discoveries are making me excited and interested to get to know my city again, this time at a much slower pace.

Exploring Shah Alam on a bike
Exploring Shah Alam on a bike

The starting point of the project is a 2 km lane within the residential area of Section 4 opposite from the parking area of Taman Tasik Shah Alam. The lane connects playgrounds and residential lanes to provide a safe route for children in the area to cycle.

The initial 2km bike path
The initial 2km bike path

The Shah Alam bike lane when fully completed will be about 10 km long consisting of 2 major loops; the main city center loop and the outer residential loop. Based on my ride yesterday, the city center loop is already rideable. The route takes you to Taman Tasik Shah Alam, access to shopping areas like SACC, Kompleks PKNS Section 2, the MBSA building, the Museum, and ending at the Blue Masjid.

You can join the fun exercising by the lake on Saturday mornings
You can join the fun exercising by the lake on Saturday morning
Passing in front of the Shah Alam Museum
Passing in front of the Shah Alam Museum
At the Blue Mosque
At the Blue Masjid

This loop is a small one and navigating it is relatively easy. The bike lanes are clearly marked and lined with marking posts along the boundary (I wonder if the posts are the reflective type at night?). Intersections are clearly differentiated with blue paint so one should be aware of possible traffic coming from the left and right sides. There are many sign posts marking the lane as bicycle / walking lanes.

The bake path is smooth, even surface and wide enough for bike traffic from both direction
The bike path is smooth, even surface and wide enough for bike traffic from both direction
An interesting lanesdivider / merge point
An interesting lanes divider / merge point
Intersections are marked in blue, watch out for traffic
Intersections are marked in blue, watch out for traffic
Signages indicating lane strictly for bicycle and pedestrians
Signages indicating lane strictly for bicycle and pedestrians
MBSA reminders for cars not to park on the bike lane
MBSA reminders for cars not to park on the bike lane
Unfortunately some people still don't understand the concept of bike lane. It's for bikes people!
Unfortunately some people still don’t understand the concept of bike lane. It’s for bikes people!
Bike meaning bicycles not motorbikes !
Bike meaning bicycles not motorbikes !

Proper parking areas for bicycles with bike racks should one wants to park and roam on foot are still not many. I saw one being constructed next to the Taman Tasik area.

Bicycle Parking areas under construction
Bicycle Parking areas under construction

From in front of the Blue Masjid you can cross the road using the blue coloured crossing to get to the second loop, in front of the Makam Di Raja Selangor.  The second bigger loop goes around  from there to Section 9, 8, 6 and 5 using the Bangunan SUK as its central point. Cyclists looking to speed up a bit will enjoy this longer route.

The left turn takes you into the Taman Hutan Lipur Bukit SUK. Don't venture alone there.
The left turn takes you into the Taman Hutan Lipur Bukit SUK. Don’t venture alone there.

For those who loves exploring the unbeaten paths, can take a slight detour into the Taman Hutan Lipur Bukit SUK. I also found this out curiosity of where the odd looking path will lead to. However, let me warn you that once you enter it will be like in a jungle, the whole place is deserted and you are basically alone. It is advisable to at least bring a friend along in your ride if you decide to venture here.

The do's and don'ts in the park
The do’s and dont’s in the park

The terrain inside the area is full of climbs and descents. Mountain bikes enthusiasts will love this place.

You find yourself in a jungle in the heart of Shah Alam
You find yourself in a jungle in the heart of Shah Alam

Once you cycle to the very top of the hill you will reach the Bangunan SUK car park.

An old sign of the area near the parking of Bangunan SUK
An old sign of the area near the parking of Bangunan SUK

You can cross the road and go behind the Tugu for an exhilarating downhill ride into the next park called Taman Lembah Bukit SUK. This is also an interesting place, with a small lake and lots climbs and descents.

The climb up was tough but going down is fast and furious
The climb up was tough but going down is fast and furious
Taman Lembah Bukit SUK
Taman Lembah Bukit SUK
Signboard for orientation
Signboard for orientation
The small lake inside
The small lake inside
Wooden bridge crossing part of the lake. Push your bike, the bridge doesn't feel strong.
Wooden bridge crossing part of the lake. Push your bike, the bridge doesn’t feel strong.

You can exit the park and join the bike lane again at Section 5.

The Section 5 sign near the entrance of Taman Lembah Bukit SUK
The Section 5 sign near the entrance of Taman Lembah Bukit SUK

Some parts of the loop are still under construction perhaps about 200 meters left to completion. One of the things I appreciate about this loop is that the design is thoughtful i.e. there is proper shelter should it rains and all along the path different species of trees are named so that you could learn a little bit of the native trees in our country.

Some of the thoughtful touches to the bike lane design
Some of the thoughtful touches to the bike lane design
Pokok Hujan
Pokok Hujan
New plantings of forest species as part of the green the earth project with participating schools
New plantings of forest species as part of the green the earth project with participating schools
Info on who planted the tree
Info on who planted the tree
The end of the current completed path
The end of the current completed path

Overall I give a thumbs up the effort of MBSA and the Shah Alam Mayor for the taking the initiative to build this bike lane for Shah Alam. It is a good start and I hope this social experiment will catch on to other cities in the country.

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9 thoughts on “Exploring Shah Alam City via the new Bike Lane Loops

  1. Dissapoint with some of the motorist attitude who ignore the signs. 2 thumbs up for the state affords and another 2 thumbs up for the review. Thanks for sharing, it makes me want to do the urban cycling 😀

  2. we were pressing hard for the ipoh city council to adopt the mbsa initiative since our former mayor is an avid cyclist himself whon circumnavigate the globe by bike..sadly the bottom line is still Ringgit Malaysia~

  3. Thanks for this post! I have seen a lane near the SUK building but didnt know that it is part of a larger

  4. Hi Haris, I am a landscape architect who is currently studying the bike path on Shah Alam, from your article I can roughly know where is the existing bike path, but do you have a more clearer map or plan of the current bike path? Do you have any suggestion for additional bike path? Where should the new bike path be? My research might become a new proposal to MBSA of new bike path.

    1. Hi Kim thanks for dropping by the blog. I don’t have the official map but it is very easy to find. My suggestion is to start from Taman Lembah Bukit SUK where you can park your car there. If the bike path were to be extended perhaps going into section 6 (near the flats ) and connects to section 2 (some climbs involved) go to section 15 roundabout and return. This can complement the current path that is quite flat. Another local favourite is to connect to Taman Bukit Cherakah and back. Hope that helps.

  5. Hi Haris, thanks for your help, I will take your suggestion into my research. Hope Shah Alam will be a better place for bike in the future. Thank you very much!

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