By FAIRUZ MOHD SHAHAR | firstname.lastname@example.org
RIDE OF SILENCE: The campaign aims to raise awareness that cyclists have the same rights as other road users
KUALA LUMPUR: CYCLING enthusiasts who call themselves the Share Our Roads (SOR) Group are organising a “Share Our Roads — Ride of Silence” campaign on Wednesday.
The campaign, which will cover the Klang Valley area, aims to create a safe cycling environment and raise awareness of recent hit and run, and fatal accidents involving cyclists and motorists.
The campaign is a global event which began in North America and is making its way across the globe.
Participants will cycle 18km in the nation’s capital in silence to pay tribute to fallen and injured cyclists.
SOR Group committee member Elaine Wong Kar Yan said the campaign was aimed mainly at highlight the need for a safe distance between cyclists and motorists.
“There has been an increase in accidents involving cyclists in Malaysia and this has prompted an outcry for greater awareness of the dangers that cyclists face.
“Cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as other road users. Motorists can make it easier and safer for cyclists if they give more room to cyclists and abide by road safety rules.
“We would like to inform everybody, especially motorists, that the safe distance between vehicles and cyclists is 1.5m.” she said.
Wong said 500 Klang Valley cyclists were expected to take part in the campaign.
The campaign will start at 9pm from Jalan Imbi. The route will include Jalan Sultan, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Pudu, Jalan Hang Kasturi, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Jalan Raja Laut, Jalan Ipoh, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Jalan Dang Wangi.
Participating cyclists are encouraged to wear white T-shirts.
New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd is sponsoring 10,000 pieces of Share Our Roads car window stickers which will be inserted into the Klang Valley edition of the New Straits Times on Wednesday.
It is meant to remind motorists to be alert and considerate towards cyclists. The campaign is supported by Kuala Lumpur Cycling Association.