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."