TRANSIT has taken note that World Carfree Day is celebrated on 22 September of every year. According to the article below, this is the first time Car free day is being celebrated in Malaysia.
Actually, that is not true. Many people have celebrated Car-free day in Malaysia. Some people celebrate Car-free day each & every day. But this is the first year that two major things have happened: first, the public has experienced a car-free KL that had nothing to do with the Balik Kampung period. Second, this is the first time that the government & GLC public transport operators are acknowledging Car-free day.
This year TRANSIT has already had the experience of a car-free KL – May 9 proved to be an interesting day in so many ways, but most importantly because it showed that people can get to KL using public transport and they can enjoy KL in so many different ways without cars.
That is why TRANSIT has decided to refer to “Car” free day as “Car(e)free” Day – to remind us that our lives can be free of cares & worries if we just give up the powerful hold that our cars have on us.
We are talking about one day, free of the worries related to petrol, parking, jams, tolls, police checks, smash & grab thefts, “laptop detectors”, fender benders, organized auto-theft rings, motorcyclists knocking your mirror, etc. etc. etc.
We want to see a car(e)free KL one 22 September.Can it happen? If not this year, then what about next year (22 September 2012 is a Saturday)? If not next year, perhaps the year after? Can?
Until then, read about how our public transport operators are celebrating World Car(e)free Day:
Use public transport or cycle to LRT stations to mark World Car Free Day
By BAVANI M
Photo by SAMUEL ONG
In conjunction with World Car Free Day which falls tomorrow, Syarikat Prasarana Negara Berhad (Prasarana), the operator of the light rail transit (LRT) and monorail systems in the Klang Valley, wants Kuala Lumpur residents to take public transport or cycle to its stations.
[TRANSIT: Prasarana is the asset owner for the LRT & monorail. RapidKL (LRT) & KLStarrail Sdn. Bhd. (mnorail) are the operators. But everything is aligned vertically under Prasarana anyways.]
Prasarana chairman Tan Sri Ismail Adam said the company was embarking on a campaign to create awareness and encourage people to use public transport.
The campaign called Less Car, Less Pollution will run from Sept 22 to Sept 22 next year.
Prasarana will be distributing coupons throughout the year whereby commuters can redeem tickets for a free ride to entice people to use their rail systems and save the environment in the process. A total of 150,000 coupons will be distributed tomorrow.
“People can also cycle from their homes to the LRT station. We have allocated a place for them to store their bicycles at 17 LRT stations,’’ he said, adding that Prasarana also allows those using foldable bicycles, to bring them onboard the LRT and monorail coaches during non-peak hours.
[TRANSIT: We have been trying to get Prasarana/RapidKL to consider updating this policy to allow foldable bicycles during all daytime hours. As a start, we have asked them to consider a special change for car-free day.]
In conjunction with the campaign, the company also launched the Spot The Sticker Contest whereby cars displaying the stickers will win Rapidpass worth RM100. The contest will also run for a year.
Discounts on LRT fares as well as an ongoing promotion with various non-governmental organisations and environmental groups will also be carried out to promote the campaign.
The World Car-Free Day campaign is a global movement which began in 1997. This is the first time Malaysia is observing it.
For details log on to http://www.myrapid.com.my
Thank you to Prasarana. We don’t know why RapidKL is not mentioned in the article but then, that is a wholly different issue.
Ladies & Gentlemen, this is the first time that our public transport operators are celebrating world car(e)free day. Let’s join them in the celebration and push for car(e)free day every day in KL.
It can be done. It has been done. It will be done.
Happy World Car(e)free Day. Tell us how you celebrated!