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City officials say they love riding bikes for work

  /   Fri, January 16 2009   /  05:37 pm

Pulo subdistrict Deputy Head Muhammad Zen (above) rides a bicycle on Jl. Prapanca Raya, South Jakarta on Wednesday. On Tuesday, South Jakarta Mayor Syahrul Effendi enacted an environmentally and traffic friendly policy of requiring administrative officials across the municipality to use bicycles for transportation. Several subdistrict officials that have implemented the policy have said they like it. "Using a bicycle makes it easy to avoid pot holes and puddles when patrolling the neighborhood," Pulo subdistrict head Iwan K.S. told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. Iwan said he used to use a car or a motorcycle to patrol his area. "Cars are totally ineffective during rush hours, while with a motorcycle I tended to ride a bit too fast to observe the situation. The bicycle allows me to move swiftly and at the right pace to patrol; plus I can get to the mayors office faster by...