In a bid to promote cycling as a mode of transportation, the Penang state government opened the first spiral bridge for pedestrians and bicycles in Malaysia, reported The Star.
The Jambatan Harapan will allow cyclist in Penang to easily cross the Bayan Lepas Expressway to get to Lebuhraya Sungai Nibong as well as the Bayan Baru roundabout at Krystal Point.
One of the latest iconic structures in Penang, the RM8.9 million project features a 600m long bridge (from the ramp up to the ramp down) that comes with 1.5m-wide pedestrian lane and 3m-wide bicycle lane.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the state government had carried out various projects aimed at encouraging cycling and transform Penang into a cycling state since 2008.
Under the bicycle path master plan drawn in 2010, the state targets to develop about 180km of bicycle lanes across the island in stages by 2020.
“So far, 95 percent of the plan spanning 171km has been successfully created,” he said at the launch of the Bayan Lepas spiral bridge.
“One of the main parts is the Coastal Cycling Route from Tanjung Tokong via George Town to the Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Bridge.”
He noted that 37.3km of the 39.3km Coastal Cycling Route had already been completed.
“This spiral bicycle and pedestrian bridge near Queensbay Mall is one of the components of the route…This is to encourage more people to cycle and enjoy the view from the spiral bridge.”
Chow also revealed that the works on the bridge commenced on 18 July 2016 and was completed on 17 May, with the city council funding the cost.
Image sourced from The Star Online
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