TheJakartaPost

Please Update your browser

Your browser is out of date, and may not be compatible with our website. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below.
Just click on the icons to get to the download page.

Jakarta Post

Online criticism prompts removal of 'defunct telcom' poles from bike lanes

  • Fachrul Sidiq

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 31, 2018   /   03:58 pm
Online criticism prompts removal of 'defunct telcom' poles from bike lanes Several poles stand on July 31 in the middle of bicycle lanes in the vicinity of the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) sports complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta. (kompas.com/Nursita Sari)

Following widespread criticism on social media, workers from state-owned electricity company PLN have begun removing several utility poles that had been installed in the middle of bicycle lanes near the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) sports complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta.

"The poles do not belong to us, but to telecommunications firms and are no longer in use. We are just helping to remove them," PLN spokesperson Aries Dwianto told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.

Workers were seen removing the poles on Monday, when the Bike To Work community posted a picture of the poles on its Intagram account and questioned their placement. 

"Is this a dedicated bicycle lane or just a bicycle painting? Our suggestion is to erase the bicycle illustration or remove the poles," it said in the caption. 

Earlier, the Indonesian Asian Games Organizing Committee (INASGOC) had demanded the poles' removal so the area could be paved for bicycle lanes. The bicycle lanes were designed by the Public Works and Housing Ministry.