Car-Free Days to Get Denpasar Trial
DENPASAR ~ Community cycling groups have proposed car-free days for Denpasar to alleviate traffic congestion and reduce pollution.
And the mayor of Denpasar has backed the idea of trialling car-free days by banning motor vehicles from city streets on August 15.
The following day – a Sunday – there will be live entertainment at the Puputan park so that citizens can celebrate their environmental benefit.
The cycling groups, members of Samas, which links 28 such clubs, have welcomed the move.
Spokesman Satria Naradha said after the announcement, on Tuesday, that the bicycle was a special form of transport and bike riders should have their own bike paths. He admitted this would be difficult to provide in the crowded parts of Denpasar.
He called for action to encourage children to ride bikes for fitness and to help reduce pollution and protect the environment.
Samas has an active programme of public service, including a voluntary assistance group, the Denpasar Cycling Standby Brigade, whose members are trained to cycle through otherwise impassable areas to render first aid.
It is working with Sanglah Hospital.
Volunteers are being trained in first-response trauma treatment, how to get qualified medical and nursing assistance to the scene and to deal with conditions likely to be experienced in emergencies, natural disaster and other incidents.
The Sanglah training course is over two days and will be held from August 8-9.Filed under: Headlines