City Car-Free Days from Aug 16

DENPASAR ~ A weekly car-free day on some city streets will be trialled in Denpasar from Sunday, August 16, city authorities have confirmed.

Designated car-free streets are Jl. Raya Puputan, Jl. Cut Nya Din, Jl. Basuki Rahmat and Jl. Juanda. All vehicle types will be affected and the ban will apply for the full day.

The decision to introduce the weekly car-free day on a trial basis was made on Tuesday at a cross-agency coordination meeting within the Department of Transport.

Denpasar City Council spokesman I Made Erwin Suryadarma said that as well as supporting a pollution-free environment, the car-free day would giving cycling fans an opportunity for more freedom on their bicycles.

He said an Article of Law 22/2009 required the government to provide cycling paths, but as this was extremely difficult to achieve in Denpasar, the introduction of a weekly car-free day was a good decision as it would benefit cyclists.

It would also open up the streets for activities during which people would be less inhibited by traffic, he said.

The car-free day was proposed for Denpasar by community cycling groups which are members of Samas, an organisation which links 28 cycling groups. Samas seeks action to encourage children to ride bikes for fitness and measures to help reduce pollution and protect the environment.

The Bali Times reported last week on Samas’ public service programme to train volunteer cyclists in administering first-response trauma treatment at accident scenes which may not be accessible by motor vehicles.

The training course will be held at Sanglah Hospital, Denpasar, on Saturday and Sunday, August 8 and 9.

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