The Jakarta Post
The Pedestrians Coalition has lauded the Jakarta administration’s plan to build a pelican crossing to replace the pedestrian bridge at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta and has urged the administration to make the crossing permanent.
“Don’t just make a temporary pelican crossing. That would be pointless. It would be much better to cater for pedestrians with both zebra and pelican crossings,” Pedestrians Coalition head Alfred Sitorus said on Wednesday, as reported by kompas.com.
Alfred said pelican crossings, a type of pedestrian crossing that features traffic lights, would be safer for all pedestrians, including disabled persons, the elderly and pregnant women, than a pedestrian bridge.
He said pelican crossings would not cause traffic congestion, and would lead to better traffic obedience and interactions between pedestrians and motorists.
The city administration plans to build two pelican crossings, one at the north end of the traffic circle on Jl. MH Thamrin and one at the south end.
However, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said the pelican crossings would only be temporary and would be replaced by tunnels that were being built by PT MRT Jakarta for the MRT station on Jl. MH Thamrin.
“When the tunnels are finished, the pelican crossings will be removed,” Anies said. (ami)