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Surakarta offers car-free night

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 21 2011   /  10:18 am

People in Surakarta (commonly known as Solo) will have to think twice before deciding to celebrate New Year’s Eve by parading through the streets in their cars.

The people will not be able to parade through the streets in their cars while sounding the horns loudly because the municipality, which received the Blue Sky Award from the Environment Ministry last week as a large city with the cleanest air, has decided to offer a car-free night on the New Year’s Eve.

“We are probably the first city in Indonesia to offer a car-free night,” head of Surakarta’s Culture and Tourism Agency, Widdi Srihanto, said on Tuesday.

For the program, according to Widdi, the city’s main street of Jl. Slamet Riyadi, which runs for 5.8 kilometers from Purwosari to Gladag, will be completely closed to cars, motorbikes and other motorized vehicles from 9 p.m. until midnight on New ...