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Jakarta Post

City launches first bicycle lane, many doubt it will work

  • Hans David Tampubolon

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 23 2011   /  08:00 am

Starting something: Cyclists peddle along Jakarta’s newly opened and fi rst offi cial bicycle lane on Jl. Melawai, just outside the Blok M shopping district in South Jakarta on Sunday. The Jakarta administration plans to allocate more lanes to encourage people to use bicycles. JP/NurhayatiJakarta inaugurated its first bike lane on Sunday, a move met with scepticism among cyclists in the city.

Governor Fauzi Bowo said the first bike line, which runs 1.4 kilometers from Blok M to Ayodya Park in South Jakarta, would be part of a massive network of bike paths in the city.

“Like the Transjakarta bus rapid transit, we build lanes especially for cyclists, who now number 6 million in Jakarta,” Fauzi said during the inauguration.

The city said it would next work on building another bike lane connecting Melawai and South Jakarta City Hall.

Cyclists, however, were ...