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Jakarta Post

Pedestrians fight for their right to sidewalks

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Wed, October 19 2011   /  09:30 am

It is hard enough to drive on Jakarta’s congested streets. But for some, it is even harder to walk on the pedestrian walkways, most of which are damaged, misused by selfish motorcyclists, while street hawkers feel no qualms about occupying the public facility.

Aprilia is among those who constantly struggle along the sidewalks. She said she had to become more assertive to get her rights as a pedestrian.

“During traffic jams, many motorcyclists take to the sidewalks. One time, one of them stopped in front of me and asked me to give him the right of way. Instead, I shouted ‘You get away! This is sidewalk!’,” Aprilia said recently, recalling the incident on Jl. Panjang in West Jakarta.

“I think most motorcyclists realize that they are wrong but do it anyway. Some others just blow their horns, but I am not giving them the right of way, otherwise they will th...