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Denpasar Establishes 25 Km Bike Lanes For Cyclists

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The Government of Denpasar has dedicated special lanes for bicycles to encourage people to exercise more during Covid-19 Pandemic and help reduce air pollution. 

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The Head of Denpasar Transportation Agency, I Ketut Sriawan says the new bicycle lane is integrated with public transportation lanes such as Trans Metro Dewata Bus. Ketut hopes that people enjoy the new lanes, especially designed for cyclists.

The government developed this initiative as an alternative to the Car Free Day, an environmental event held every Sunday morning, that stopped due to the pandemic.

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Ketut explained that the 25 km long bicycle lane is in the first stage, as the City plans to lengthen the distance in 2021. The route starts from Dharma Negara Alaya Building towards Jalan Ahmad Yani, Jalan Maruti, Jalan Sutomo and Jalan Gajah Mada. “There’s a bus stop on Jalan Gajah Mada for cyclists that might also use public transportation,” Ketut added.

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(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yatika)

On the east route, the lane continues towards Jalan Kapten Agung, Jalan Cok Agung Tresna, Jalan Moh Yamin, Jalan Raya Puputan until Sanur area. “I hope other Regional Institutions support the integration of bicycle and public transportation to reduce air pollution in Denpasar. Apart from that, cycling will boost immune systems, especially during this Pandemic” Ketut concluded. 

The municipal government hopes to optimize momentum on a larger scale, as cycling has become a new trend among people in Indonesia.

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