Cycling community urges city to improve road safety
The Jakarta Post
Several cyclists from the Rocketers cycling community have urged the Jakarta administration to support their movement to improve road safety and better protect cyclists.
The community erected a “ghost bike” monument dedicated to Raden Sandy Syafiek, the victim of a traffic accident, at the site of the incident, which occurred last Saturday on Jl. Gatot Subroto, South Jakarta.
“The ghost bike monument is temporary, so we encourage everyone to just let it stand there before the city administration relocates it or replaces it with a better one,” said the community in a statement on Tuesday, noting that the memorial was internationally recognized on www.ghostbikes.org.
The community has also asked the administration through Jakarta Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno to raise awareness of a movement called Jakarta Cyclist Friends. “The presence of bicycles indicates a developed, civilized and environmentally friendly city,” it said.
The Rocketers have also called on the city administration to create more bike lanes, revitalize sidewalks and ensure that lanes are free from holes to provide a safer environment for cyclists and pedestrians.
“There also must be an additional road sign that says “share the road” to always remind everybody in cars, on motorcycles and bikes as well as pedestrians to respect each other,” it said. (vla)
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