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Jakarta eyes bike-sharing service to promote eco-transit

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sun, October 13, 2019   /  01:01 pm
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People walk on a sidewalk on Jl. MH Thamrin where a new bicycle lane was introduced for cyclists on Sept. 29. (JP/Syelanita)

Jakarta aims to follow in the footsteps of many cities around the world where eco-friendly mobility by means of riding a bicycle is highly encouraged through bike-sharing programs, amid the longstanding issue of air pollution and traffic congestion in the capital. The plan came in light of the city’s first phase of expanded bike lanes in several areas. Jakarta Transportation Agency head Syafrin Liputo said companies had expressed interest in joining the movement through the bike-sharing service following the completion of the expanded lanes. The service is expected to promote and provide access to bicycles as an alternative mode of transportation. With the bike-sharing program, people could use bicycles made available at the bicycle’s parking zones on a short-term basis. “We are discussing it. Nine companies are interested in joining,” he t...