The Jakarta Post
The skywalk is part of the Bandung administration's efforts to manage the huge number of street vendors in the Cihampelas area. (Shutterstock.com/Khairul Effendi)
A new skywalk in Cihampelas shopping destination was officially opened in Bandung, West Java, on Saturday.
Kompas.com reported that the 450-meter Teras Cihampelas (Cihampelas Terrace) was expected to become a new tourist attraction, as well as to manage the large number of street vendors in the area.
Following its opening, Teras Cihampelas now hosts 192 street vendors offering a wide array of goods, such as foods, souvenirs and accessories. These vendors had previously flooded the long street and often caused traffic congestion in the area.
The skywalk also has an elevator, making it disabled-friendly.
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During the opening ceremony, Bandung Mayor Ridwan Kamil said that Teras Cihampelas was part of the solution to develop a city where the land price was no longer affordable. The concept allowed pedestrians to conveniently stroll the tourist destination.
“One day, developed countries [will use a similar concept]. A skywalk here means a pedestrian walkway over the road. The bigger plan is to create a pedestrian skywalk above the railway, from the west to the eastern parts of Bandung,” added Ridwan. (jes/kes)