The Ipoh City Council (MBI) is in the process of fine-tuning the study of “Walkable City Ipoh Town Special Area” in line with making the city a Heritage and Low Carbon Tourism City in the future.
Ipoh Mayor, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin @ Md Daud said, five study areas covering 577 acres have been identified and divided into zones according to their respective characters.
“The study areas that have been identified are Zone A, Taman Dr Seenivasagam; Zone B, Old Town Ipoh; Zone C, Kinta River; Zone D, New Town Ipoh and Zone E, Greentown.
“The study was carried out to assist the preparation of reports and proposal plans for these areas,” he said.
He said so while speaking virtually at the Townhall Session of the Walkable City Study of Ipoh Old Town Area in line with the Tourism Heritage City and Low Carbon City for Ipoh and the Ipoh Park And Ride Project recently.
According to him, among the objectives of the study is to improve the surrounding area by providing 19.6km of pedestrian walkways and 0.6km of conducive bicycle lanes that are sufficient and sustainable to improve accessibility and offer alternative mobility to the local community.
“In addition, we will maintain the value of the city’s heritage while supporting the growth of development that prioritises the environment, green technology and a low carbon footprint to enhance the added value and resilience of the city.
At the same time, we hope to revive it by boosting economic activity and increasing community interaction with the environment,” he said.
He said the study was one of the initiatives to support the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) as proposed in the Ipoh Low Carbon City Interim Report.
“At the end of the study, there are two results that will be released, namely a reference document and a master plan that contains illustrations, designs and facility requirements for active mobility routes,” he explained.