TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The directorate-general of land transportation of the country’s Ministry of Transportation on Sunday announced that the bicycle regulation is expected to be finalized by the end of this month.
“It will be finalized this week and expect the third week of July to be handed to submitted to Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi,” said director-general Budi Setiyadi to Tempo on Sunday.
According to him, the government has taken advice from bicycle communities among others, and that the upcoming regulation will be based on the inputs from them. Budi Setiyadi also assures that each and every input will be studied before it is turned into law.
Previously reported, ‘bike to work Indonesia’ chairperson Poetoet Soedarjanto said that his community was asked by the government for further input regarding the intricacies of bicycling and how it would be best translated into law.
Poetoet argues that there must be adjustments made to Government’s Regulation No. 79/2013 as the Road Traffic and Transportation Network regulation oversees the helmet requirement for cyclists, which he disagrees with.
“This must be reviewed. Do cyclists really need to be required to wear helmets? Because many countries do require it, but many others don’t,” said Poetoet who cited the Netherlands as one of the most bicycle-cultured societies that do not require one to wear a helmet.
However, the bicycle-movement figure said he understands what the government is pushing for is mainly for the protection and security of the cyclists itself and only asks for regulations to be adapted to local customs, which may differ from other countries.