Kuala Lumpur Car-Free Sunday Mornings

7AM Flag Off

Since January 2014, the Kuala Lumpur City Hall has been holding the “Kuala Lumpur Car-Free Sunday Morning” event. It’s the City’s initiative to create awareness and support the  government’s Go-Green policy in reducing carbon emission by 40% within 2020. Due to overwhelming support and requests from participants, what was initially planned as a first Sunday of  the month event at  its inception is now extended to include the third Sunday since January 2015 . Bravo KL City Hall!

Breaking Away

On the said Sundays, a number of roads within downtown Kuala Lumpur is closed to traffic from 7.00am till 9.00am, forming a 6km vehicle free route for cyclists, walkers, joggers, skateboarders, rollerbladers, etc. to work through. The route loops along some of  the most prominent roads in downtown Kuala Lumpur i.e. Jalan Raja Laut, Jalan Dang Wangi, Jalan Ampang, Jalan P. Ramlee, Jalan Pinang, Jalan Raja Chulan, Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

Cranking It Up

As the day breaks, participants from far and wide (Malaysians and foreigners from all walks of life) get themselves ready and converge at Dataran DBKL (KL City Hall) for the flag off at 7.00am.  It’s the perfect weekend event for a workout and spending quality time with the family or friends while enjoying the sights and famous landmarks of a quieter and unhurried downtown Kuala Lumpur.

Family Ride

It’s a fun and colourful event with participants donning sporty colourful  attire and some serious riding gear …

Chain Gang

Joggers

Rollerbladers

Tandem

SkateBoarders

Kids enjoy it and have a lot of fun too although a helping hand is required at times …

‘It’s This Way, Little Missy’

‘Careful Does It, Son’

Piggybacking

Some take it seriously and strive to finish in good time …

Sprinting Down Jalan TAR

While some others adopt a more leisurely pace …

Leisure Ride

And some has a message of hope, a call to peace when there is growing animosity and violence in the world today …

‘Peace, Bro’

This was something new to me, trike drifting … father and son were absolutely thrilled to show their skills …

Trike Drifting

There was even a busker band busking away, they were playing Radiohead’s Creep when I shot this. I was engrossed in the song and sang along, for a moment I was lost in song(?). Great guys, they have the right stuff, I wish them success.

Busker Band Playing ‘Creep’

By 9am, when the last trickle of participants make it back to the flag off point, the road blocks are cleared for traffic, shops open for business and downtown Kuala Lumpur just got a little busier.

Photos were shot over two Sundays, one sunny and the other overcast 😦 ; of course, the keen-eyed among you would have picked this up already.

I wish you a good and fun filled weekend.

All photos: Fujifilm X-E2 & X-E1 with assortment of XF lenses

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9 thoughts on “Kuala Lumpur Car-Free Sunday Mornings

  1. What an initiative by the capital city. People sure don’t mind biking or blading around in the humid weather. Then again, it’s early in the morning so perhaps it’s not that bad. Great shots, you certainly captured the enthusiasm Malaysians have for this event 🙂

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