Cycling Ban Remains as Jakarta Imposes Loosened Covid-19 Restriction



Laila Afifa

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Jakarta Metro Police announced that cyclists are still banned from cycling on the main roads as the capital city remains under the level 3 Public Activity Restriction (PPKM Level 3).

    “Cyclists are still not permitted to travel [in the bike lanes] during the PPKM Level 3,” said the Metro Jaya Police Spokesperson Senior Commissioner Yusri Yunus at his office in on August 25. 

    The latest PPKM indeed loosens a number of Covid-19 restrictions that were strictly imposed under the previous level 4 PPKM. But cycling activities are not one of the loosened restrictions as the authorities argue that cycling still poses the risk of spreading the coronavirus since this activity sometimes generates crowds. 

    “The main purpose for the cycling ban is to prevent crowds from gathering,” said Sambodo.

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced the new level 3 PPKM on Monday, August 22, across the most populated islands of Java and Bali after the government claimed that Covid-19 cases were able to be suppressed. 

    The most notable difference in the newest PPKM Level 3 is the street checkpoints that have been eliminated and replaced by imposing the ‘odd-even number plate policy’ to suppress mobility. 

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