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Yearender 2020: Pandemic cycling trend brings hope for a greener Jakarta

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil
    A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, December 21, 2020   /  08:51 am
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Jakartans ride bicycles on Jl. MH Thamrin in Central Jakarta on June 30.(Antara/Nova Wahyudi)

On one Tuesday morning in November, Ahmad Nur Aziz, 46, tried out his new bicycle, riding 12 kilometers from his house in Pondok Bambu, East Jakarta, to his office in Central Jakarta. Before then, he had used either a motorcycle or a car on his commute. But the COVID-19 pandemic had made Ahmad think more about his health. “Biking is now my effort to be healthier and to strengthen my immune system during the pandemic,” he said. Ahmad is one of the many Jakartans who are transitioning from personal motorized vehicles to bicycles during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) – a global NGO that promotes sustainable transportation and urban development – recorded a tenfold increase in the number of cyclists along Jl. Sudirman in Central Jakarta from one morning last year to one morning this year. Read also:...