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Be patient: Jakarta sidewalk revamp testing time for pedestrians

  • Vela Andapita
    Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, October 23, 2019   /  10:22 am
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Workers revamp a sidewalk in the Kemang area of South Jakarta on July 3.(Antara/Indrianto Eko)

Without neglecting the fact that the extensive renovation of sidewalks in Jakarta is aimed at providing more and safer space for pedestrians, questions have been raised as to where people should walk while the construction is underway. In a city where pedestrians are second-class citizens and even harassed by motorcyclists on the sidewalks during peak hours, demolishing their only space to walk, albeit temporary, exposes them to danger by forcing them to walk among the vehicles. The Jakarta administration is revamping sidewalks on several major roads, including Jl. Cikini Raya in Senen, Central Jakarta, where work is taking place on both sides of the road. One of many pedestrians affected is Rahmat Hidayat, who works in a building located near the Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM) arts and cultural center. Every working day, Rahmat takes a commuter train from Depok in West Java to t...