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Complex issue of air pollution, simple solution: Walking

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, August 21, 2019   /  06:26 am
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A man walks on the newly opened skybridge that connects the LRT Jakarta Velodrome station to Rawamangun Transjakarta bus stop on July 26. While the government speeds up infrastructure projects for public transportation, the Greater Jakarta Transportation Agency (BPTJ) has teamed up with the Health Ministry to promote health aspects of sustainable transportation, walking.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

Severe air pollution in the city, believed to largely come from vehicle emissions, has lead the government to turn to a healthy push by encouraging people to walk more and switch from using privately-owned vehicles to public transportation.   Many are still reluctant, however, to use public transportation because of poor end-to-end infrastructure. The Greater Jakarta Transportation Agency (BPTJ) has teamed up with the Health Ministry to promote health aspects of sustainable transportation.  “The easiest ways to curb air pollution is walking and [using] public transportation, which are part of sustainable transportation,” BPTJ head Bambang Prihartono said during a discussion in Central Jakarta recently. Sustainable transportation is one of the pillars outlined in the Greater Jakarta Transportation Master P...