Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan hops on a bicycle at the Hotel Indonesia roundabout in Central Jakarta on Tuesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

I Want to Ride My Bicycle

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

JUNE 16, 2020

Cycling has become a new trend for Jakartans looking for a safe way to travel around the capital after large-scale social restrictions were relaxed and the city entered a transition period to a new normal.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan went along for the ride on Tuesday, trying on a new special "toll road" for bicycles that stretches from the National Monument to the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium.

The provincial government has installed extra bicycle racks outside MRT stations to encourage more Jakartans to bike to work.

The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) said the number of cyclists on Jalan Sudirman in the central business district during rush hours has increased by 1000 percent since last year. 

Meanwhile, air pollution in the city has nearly gone back to its worst level since the social restrictions were relaxed. Today, IQair.com said the air quality in Jakarta was "unhealthy for sensitive groups."

A group of cyclists pass through bike lane in Semanggi, Central Jakarta on Tuesday (16/06). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A group of cyclists passes through a bike lane in Semanggi, Central Jakarta, on Tuesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Bike to work sticker is attached on a bike. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A Bike to Work sticker attached on a bicycle. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Bike parking spot in Central Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Jakarta's new bike rack. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The Jakarta Governor, Anies Baswedan puts his cycling helmets on. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan puts his cycling helmet on. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The Jakarta Governor, Anies Baswedan rides his bicycle alongside the City Hall officials in Central Jakarta on Tuesday (16/06). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Anies rides a bicycle with City Hall officials near the Hotel Indonesia roundabout. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The Jakarta governor, Anies Baswedan gives a thumbs up while rides his bicycle in Central Jakarta on Tuesday (16/06). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Anies gives a thumbs up to reporters as he tries on the new bicycle 'toll road.' (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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