The Jakarta Post
Responding to increasing demand for pedestrian-friendly infrastructure along Jl. MH Thamrin, the Jakarta administration has equipped intersections along the busiest thoroughfare in the capital city with pelican crossings as part of the attempt to provide ease and convenience for the disabled, elderly and pregnant women to access bus stations there.
“Pedestrians are the top priority,” said Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan on Tuesday.
The latest pelican crossing installed was at the Bank Indonesia (BI) Transjakarta bus stop, which is located at the Jl. Thamrin and Jl. Kebon Sirih intersection in Central Jakarta. Besides the pelican crossing, the bus stop is also equipped with a ramp as part of the city’s attempt to make roads more pedestrian friendly.
The bus stop ramp, which replaces a small road-divider garden, is designed for four lanes of foot traffic. It also has a blind lane and posts spaced widely enough to accommodate wheelchairs.
Pedestrian Coalition member Sandy Apriliansyah confirmed that several bus stops were already equipped with disability ramps, such as Kebon Jeruk Station and Taman Mini Garuda bus stops, but only the BI and Sarinah stations had facilities such as disability lanes and pelican crossings.
In tune with the coalition’s strict “open sidewalk” policy, he criticized the positioning of a lamp post in the middle of the ramp.
“They’ve installed traffic posts on the sides of the ramp, so why not just move the lamp post to the sides?” Sandy told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.
The “open sidewalk” policy advocates sidewalks with nothing blocking the middle including trees, lamp posts and posts. (nor)