It is no surprise that cars do take up a lot of space. For example, a regular B-Segment saloon measures around 1.7 metres in width and 4.5 metres in length average. Imagine placing yourself in the middle of that box along with millions of people taking up as much space which is very much the recipe for massive congestions, and our beautiful city isn’t designed for this many cars, too.
As this article is being written, cars registered in Kuala Lumpur have reached over 5,800,000 cars. Theoretically, by parking all of the cars door-to-door, nose-to-tail will take up 359.6 hectares, which is enough to fill up the whole of Uttar Pradesh, India! And that’s nothing compared to the number of cars in the country; a report released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) recently stated that the total registered vehicles in Malaysia now stands at 28,181,203 units, that 0.88 for every person in the country!
According to a new study by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) for ride-hailing service Uber known as “Unlocking Cities” the findings shows that Malaysians spent 53 minutes stuck in traffic, and 24 minutes looking for parking every day, this means that each of us would already spent 20 days!
Uber Malaysia has listed some of the busiest parts in the Klang Valley.
Damansara Uptown is full of offices, banks and a plethora of eateries. It’s one of the busiest business districts in the Klang valley.
Jalan Telawi, Bangsar, famous for its malls, cafes, leisure and brunch.
Taman Tun Dr. Ismail (TTDI) is one of the busiest neighbourhoods in the Klang Valley with all the restaurants and cafes drawing crowds from all over. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, parking here is very much on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Taman Connaught (Cheras) has plenty of banks and the famous Wednesday evening Pasar Malam, which is the longest in Klang Valley.
Puchong is a booming business districts consisting of eateries, pop and mom shops, malls and industrial which groups of people flock to Puchong for work and pleasure.
Changkat is known to be the nightlife street in Kuala Lumpur, which is typically congested with people and cars moving in and out of alleyways. Parking here is tough to find, let alone navigating through its tight streets.
SS2 is one of the oldest neighbourhoods which is now abundant with eateries and shops that fits the everyday needs of residents. That said, PJ’s residents nearby flock SS2 on a daily basis.
Subang SS15 needs no further introduction, over congestion of cars coming all over the Klang Valley for the many universities.
That said, we can turn things around for the better, by adopting ridesharing and other transport options for our inner city daily commute, we can help reduce the number of cars on the road by an estimated 40%. Ideally, we only need 60% of cars on the road, and if we do take all the cars that we don’t need, we could free up space in KL equivalent to 140 Lake Gardens Parks! By adopting car pooling and ridesharing, we can make our roads and cities a much better place. Find out more