TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Transportation Ministry is set to open discussions with the Public Housing and Public Works (PUPR) Ministry regarding the construction of a dedicated bicycle lane after cyclists’ safety had been covered by the ministry’s regulation No.59/2020.
“I will talk with the PUPR ministry. The transportation agency will also coordinate with regents and regional heads upon providing cyclists with bicycle lanes,” said Budi Setiyadi, Transportation Ministry’s land transportation director-general on September 23.
The discussion about constructing a dedicated bike lane was first sparked due to the current bike lanes that still intersect with motorized vehicles in major public streets. Add that with groups of cyclists that recently went viral in social media after the group entered a toll-road section and used the fast lane to cross to the other side of the toll road.
Budi acknowledges that there are several groups of cyclists that often hog lanes in public streets, which greatly hinders and pose safety hazards for motorized vehicles sharing the road. As of now, Jakarta, Bandung, Pekalongan, and Solo, have provided cyclists with pop-up bike lanes.
Budi said the transportation ministry plans to design a bicycle lane that is permanently separated from road sections shared with motorized vehicles.