“The buying and selling [of street foods] might cause a large number of people to converge. We can keep a safe distance from one another bicycling or exercising on foot, but not buying and selling wares.”
Maintaining health protocols
Jakarta Transportation Agency head Syafrin Liputo noted the designated bicycle route will be on the left lane of the thoroughfares. However, he clarified Anies’ assertion that the lane is open to use by those turning out in Car Free Day.
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“Those exercising by walking or running should use the sidewalks. Health protocols [against the coronavirus] will continue to be observed by the public as they carry out their activities, including bicycling” Syafrin said in a statement.
“These include social distancing, wearing masks, and maintaining cleanliness.”
“Personnel from the Transportation Agency and the Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) will be deployed to ensure that the public will observe health protocols. We will also install safety cones for the bicyclists’ safety.”
The Jakarta provincial government will also reinstate the three zones instituted for Car Free Day at the end of 2019. Divided into green, yellow and red zones, they entail increasing limitations on vendors, with the Hotel Indonesia roundabout and the surrounding areas being off limits.
Car Free Day was last held on March 15, before the Jakarta provincial administration curtailed the activity due to the coronavirus. (Writers: Nursita Sari,Ryana Aryadita Umasugi/ Editors: Nursita Sari,Egidius Patnistik)
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