With the end of Covid-19 nowhere in sight, this is probably the closest we’ll get to experiencing Japan’s famous Shibuya crossing as DBKL has announced plans on their Facebook page to execute the same, in Bukit Bintang.

From this Saturday onwards, DBKL will implement a Scramble Pedestrian at the Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail intersection.

In case you’re wondering, it’s the cross junction where the most recognisable McDonald’s outlet in Malaysia is located. Surrounding landmarks include Sg. Wang, WOLO Hotel and Lot 10.

The new Scramble Pedestrian.

The Scramble Pedestrian crossing will allow pedestrians from all directions to cross, at the same time.

According to DBKL, it will allow pedestrians to cross the intersection a lot quicker and more effortlessly. It’ll also make it a lot safer for these pedestrians.

When this comes into effect, it should resemble the world-famous Shibuya crossing in Tokyo that dates back over 100 years ago. According to what we found online, there’s an average of 2,500 pedestrians per crossing – resulting in one of the most unique tourist attractions in Japan.

In fact, it’s so iconic in Japan that the crossing was also featured in The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift.

Netizens have praised the move on DBKL’s Facebook page with some relieved that it’s finally happening. Most are already drawing comparisons with Tokyo’s busiest crossing too!

The Scramble Pedestrian will come into effect at 12 am midnight, on the 19th of June 2021.


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