Strategies & Opportunities

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Walkability
Pedestrianising
Back Alley
Cultural Integrity
Repurpose Space
Building Bridges
Time / Area Specific
Pedestrian Corridor
Cycling Corridor & Network
Institutional Nodes
Buffer Area / Node
Waste Management
Pollution Control
Urban Biodiversity
Low-Hanging Opportunities
Opportunity Spaces

Cities are experiencing unprecedented growth. A rapid increase in urban population poses many challenges, including human mobility and movement that are made more complex by issues linked to space, sustainability and affordability.

Using Active Mobility / Walkability as the cornerstone to provide a humanistic and environmentally-viable solution. The reports main strategy revolves around the key concepts of Walkability in conjunction with existing projects and infrastructures. The focus is equality in accessibility and space, with proposals for transitional stages of implementation.

 

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Walkability

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A Walkable City has a network of pathways with Universal Access Standard that are pedestrian-centric, continuous and have proper on-grade crossing points with allowances. Starting with high priority areas, identify zones, nodes, spaces and corridors. Transition the Old City Centre into a *Pedestrianised Section. Introduce *Pedestrian & Cycling Corridors, *Building Bridges between broken sections, enhance the network with *Back Alleys, create new nodes with *Buffer Areas and *Institutional Nodes, and introduce a *Time / Area Specific schemes.

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Pedestrianising

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Transform the Old City Centre into a pedestrianised section. Transition from a car-centric to a people-centric zone. Increase space for people and reduce space for vehicles. Pedestrianise the streets and support the inclusion of cycling and non-motorised vehicles whilst sharing the road with Utilitarian / Service vehicles only. Provide special access for residences through the use of *Back Alleys.

 

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Back Alley

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Convert alleyways from an untapped resource into a viable streetscape asset. Currently, these alleyways function and fulfill many social needs and provide a lifeline to connecting the inner city. Further identification and studies on the use of back alleys are required to improve and elevate their conditions, while helping to preserve the *Cultural Integrity and identity of these spaces. Incorporate *Pedestrian Corridors, *Time / Area Specific schemes and *Repurpose Spaces as supporting or parallel programs.

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Cultural Integrity

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Initiate a preservation effort that focuses on the intangibles that provide a social need and identity to the city’s people and streets. Identify trades, spaces of social, cultural and traditional significance, to help improve and upgrade amenities and supporting schemes. Promote adaptive reuse or *Repurpose Spaces, with social and community inclusion, while preserving their integrity.

 

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Repurpose Space

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Occupy underutilised and / or disused buildings and spaces to fulfill a civic function to directly address the current urban and social needs or issues (*Cultural Integrity). Initiate permanent or temporary adaptive reuse projects – these spaces can be converted via a non- commercial agenda to support NGO & NPO efforts in the city. Landowners can offset fines and / or building assessments by providing access and permission to the adapted usage.

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Building Bridges

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Identify connecting points and crossings in between landlocked sections of the city that are enclosed by natural and man-made features that act as physical barriers to accessibility. Create lifelines to enhance the area’s livability and improve accessibility. Identify potential social bridges and strengthen existing ones, with potentials to provide a *Pedestrian Corridor and create new *Nodes.

 

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Time / Area Specific

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Re-gazette current areas and introduce time zones to alleviate the encroachment issue on roads and pedestrian paths. These efforts will result in smoother traffic flow, as well as improve *Walkability and protect pedestrians from vehicles.

 

 

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Pedestrian Corridor

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Create a seamless connecting path, mainly for pedestrian and accessible to wheelchair and non-motorised vehicles, e.g. bicycles. Initiate a *Pedestrian Corridor with access to *Nodes and Plazas, *Buffer Areas, and supported or intertwined with *Back Alleys that prioritises Active Mobility over Passive Mobility. Enhance the desired lines into Universal Access Standard pathways.

 

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Cycling Corridor & Network

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Initiate a network of Cycling Corridors from the suburbs around the city, with circular loops within city limits connecting to *Pedestrianised Areas, *Nodes and other *Corridors. Transition into an Active Mobility model for the Central Business District. Six key entry points have been identified, with four additional riverway routes.

 

 

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Institutional Node

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Institutional Nodes > Schools. Identify Schools (Other High Priority Area) as a case study to alleviate the traffic and safety issues. There are six schools within the study area that contribute to traffic congestions during specific times. Create a prioritised pick-up & drop-off zone for school buses and licensed vans directly in front of school entrances via a driveway that is accessible to private motorcycle for pick-ups and drop-offs only. Private vehicles are directed to specific pick- up and drop-off zones serviced by safe passageways to and from school.

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Buffer Area

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Create a parameter area around historical and cultural significant sites that serve as a rest area between the numerous public transit points connecting alongside *Pedestrian Corridors. These *Nodes will do double duty as a buffer zone to increase the significance of the site and reconnect with the city’s *Cultural Integrity and identity.

 

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Environment / Waste Management

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Introduce initiatives to improve waste management issues. Identify high-volume waste areas / street vendors. Initiate a stringent waste collection routine and install proper waste bins with cleaning schedules and pest control. Enforce higher standards for construction perimeter and debris control. Identify old and new food-produce Market Areas, Street Eateries and Machinery Services. Improve wastewater discharge through irrigation or filtration. And upgrade amenities and improve walking path surface material. Change packaging of goods and restrict the use of plastic bags.

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Environment / Pollution Control

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Initiate environmental efforts to reduce Kuala Lumpur’s carbon footprint. There is a need to test and confirm the air quality and noise pollution index in order to determine what improvements are needed. Set up a Carbon Emission Control on all public transportation and HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle). In turn, set an emission performance standard for all vehicles that enter the city and implement congestion charges. To limit the pollution exposure to pedestrians, high footfall areas and *Pedestrianised sections, bus terminals need to be relocated and *Buffer zones set up around the city centre. Update or design a Green Building Code unique to Malaysia’s climate and situation.

*Air Pollution of Fine Particulate Matter (which includes black carbon and nitrogen oxide) emitted by vehicles is a serious health matter: long-term exposure increases the risk of heart and lung disease.

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Environment / Urban Biodiversity

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Create preserves and pockets of green areas from existing spaces that have been overlooked. Create a sanctuary for wildlife to encourage riverway awareness and appreciation.

River Network
Identify river network and trace the original river network, tributaries and sources. Place markers as demarcation to river line. Create awareness at high sensitive areas.

Landscape
Identify and catalogue overlooked green areas that are currently untouched and on the fringes of developed zones (private and public areas). Initiate tree preservation projects by tagging trees, paying special attention to fruiting, resting and nesting trees. Add these green areas to the makeup of KL’s Green Area and preserve the sanctity of these matured green areas and trees.

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Low-Hanging Opportunities

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Crossing Plaza, Nodes & Bridges
Three identified types which present a “Low- Hanging Opportunity” to improve connectivity and accessibility to Transport nodes. Although not limited to these areas, there are more areas which can be converted and improved to walkability. Crossing Plazas, Nodes & Bridges.

 

 

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Opportunity Spaces

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Green areas, under-used / dilapidated buildings, public & private schools & institutions, high-volume waste / street vendors areas have been identified during the survey.

 

 

 

 

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Click here to download Strategies & Opportunities (4.2mb)

Walkability
Pedestrianising
Back Alley
Cultural Integrity
Repurpose Space
Building Bridges
Time / Area Specific
Pedestrian Corridor
Cycling Corridor & Network
Institutional Nodes
Buffer Area / Node
Waste Management
Pollution Control
Urban Biodiversity
Low-Hanging Opportunities
Opportunity Spaces

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