Anies has sent a letter to the Minister of PUPR.
Governor of DKI Jakarta, Anies Baswedan, sent a letter to the Minister of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR), Basuki Hadimuljono, proposing the need for a bicycle lane on the freeway with a length of about 20 kilometers (km) in two directions. Head of DKI Jakarta Transportation Agency, Syafrin Liputo, confirmed the submission of the letter. One of the reasons is after seeing the high enthusiasm of the community in cycling.
“The number of bicycle users in the temporary bicycle lane area from Sudirman to Merdeka Barat is very high. And because of that, we from the Governor proposed to the Minister of PUPR to prepare a toll road segment,” said Syafrin, quoted from Merdeka.com, Thursday, August 27, 2020 .
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Syarif explained that the bike path is specifically for road bike or racing bicycle users. The proposed route starts from Kebon Nanas, East Jakarta, to Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta. “So, prepare a path itself as a temporary bicycle path for road bikes,” he said.
Even so, Syafrin stated that the DKI Jakarta Provincial Government is still waiting for the PUPR Minister’s decision. “But this is still under discussion. We are still waiting for the approval from the Minister,” he explained.
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Previously, a letter of application from DKI Jakarta Governor Anies
Baswedan circulated to the Minister of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) to utilize the inner ring toll road for cyclists. In the letter submitted on August 11, 2020, it was written that there was an increase in the number of cyclists in the seventh week or from July 20 to 26, 2020 by 82,380.
“In this regard, please the Minister of Public Works and Public Housing to grant permission for the utilization of 1 section of the West Jakarta Inner Ring Toll road (Cawang-Tanjung Priok) as a road bike path to accommodate bicycle users every Sunday from 06.00-09.00. “said Anies in the letter.