Motorcyclists forced to use the Federal Highway due to the closed motorcycle lanes have hit back at motorists who complained about their presence on the highway.
Commuter Nasir Abu Kasim said: “I would rather use the motorcycle lanes instead of the busy and motorcycle-unfriendly highway.
“The motorcycle lanes are being repaired. So, how do you expect us to use the lanes when they are under repair?”
Nasir said motorcyclists were forced to ply the highway due to construction.
“If the lanes are inundated with water, like in Jalan 222 in Petaling Jaya and the Batu Tiga toll, we have no choice but to use the main carriageway instead,” he added.
Cars, Bikes and Trucks (CBT) took a ride from one end of the Federal Highway to the other to monitor the progress of the construction work on the motorcycle lanes.
In November last year, the New Straits Times’ Actionline reported that Public Works Department (PWD) road facility maintenance branch director Zulakmal Sufian as saying that the upgrading work, including widening the lanes, was expected to be completed by April at a cost of RM3.13million.
Zulakmal was responding to motorists who had complained about motorcyclists on the Federal Highway then.
“As the work is in progress, the motorcycle lanes have been closed,” he told Actionline.
While motorcyclists felt motorists should be more patient and willing to share the highway, they also hoped the motorcycle lanes could be completed on schedule.
“I hope the authorities can work on the repair works as quick as possible to solve this issue,” said another biker, who wished to be known only as Udin.
Our ride on the motorcycle lane revealed many hazards for motorcyclists.
“One of the reasons why most motorcyclists don’t use the dedicated lanes is because of the bad road condition, especially at night. I have even seen some crashes happen in front of my eyes,” said another regular commuter, who goes by Saiful.
Saiful said it was not rational to put the blame on motorcyclists as they were left with no choice but to share the road with other motorists.
“While waiting for the upgrading works to complete, I hope motorists will understand the situation that we motorcyclists go through everyday,” he said.