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March 25, 2012

Downtown on Bikes

Filed under: Jakarta — scotsabroad @ 3:32 pm












We put the bikes on the car this morning and headed downtown to Senayan City for Eco Walk and Bike 2012. Downtown is usually congested but we are looking forward to cycling on roads closed to traffic for four hours. When we arrive the bike registration is chaos but Shona manages to successfully secure four Tupperware Eco -bottles and we head off to the start. However, it soon becomes clear that the roads here are not free of traffic –  and not even a lane is marked off with cones for walkers and cyclists. We return to the start and the car muttering our discontent. 














We drive parallel with Jalan Sudirman to find it totally vehicle free apart from buses using the bus lanes. We park and try again, this time joining the Bike to Work festival. Jalan Sudriman is usually a four lane congested equivalent of Wall Street. I wouldn’t know. Traffic here is bad. I can only imagine it would be like shutting the M8 from Glasgow Cross to the Kingston Bridge to all traffic except cyclists for four hours. Today we have time to stop and look at the buildings, weave through fellow cyclists and runners and take in the statues and fountains. Food-stalls line exit ramps and the grassy verges – while various PA systems compete for your attention as we ride about 6Km. The central fountain is  surrounded with people on bikes some cooling off in the water. Some locals take pictures of themselves, some lying down in the middle of the road,  almost disbelieving the absence of motorised vehicles.











This is almost a… what could be moment. Then as 10 am approaches the streets begin to choke up once more and we crawl the 8 kms back home, bumper to bumper. Great while it lasted.



  1. I’ve been meaning to do that for a while now. My husband has ventured out with out 2 year old in toll from our apartment in Menteng all the way to the pizza man. I promise I will get to it, someday! It looks like you had fun!

    Comment by Ana Gaby — March 25, 2012 @ 4:29 pm | Reply

  2. Great to see the city as you did – sounds like a happy day for you all.

    Glasgow also does that – sponsored by Sky TV.

    Comment by Ian and Linda — March 28, 2012 @ 3:45 am | Reply

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