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Jakarta Post

Protesting pedestrians keep motorcyclists off sidewalks

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, February 4 2012   /  08:34 am

Fifteen members of the Pedestrians’ Coalition (Koalisi Pejalan Kaki) on Friday blocked motorcyclists from riding on sidewalks in front of the Hotel Pullman Jakarta, near the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta, as part of a protest against the violation of pedestrian rights.

“Our number may be small, but our impact is large because we were seen by thousands of bikers passing through Jl. MH Thamrin and the traffic circle,” coalition member Alfred Sitorus told The Jakarta Post.

“Our message is clear and simple: we want the pedestrian sidewalks back. It is our basic right, not the bikers’, to use them.”

The protest was scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., but heavy rain forced a delay. Protesters started to gather at around 6 p.m., holding signs bearing the words “Pedestrian Walks are for Pedestrians” and “Sidewalks are not for Motorists”.