Jl Legian Joins the Car-Free Club

KUTA Jl Legian at Kuta has joined Bali’s burgeoning car-free zones — already in use in Denpasar — with a ban on vehicles from 10pm Saturdays to 5am Sundays. It came into operation last weekend. The one-way Kuta-bound section of the road is now closed to traffic in car-free hours over a one-kilometre stretch to […]

Manslaughter Brazilian Gets Three Months’ Jail

DENPASAR A teenage Brazilian whose car crashed into a motorbike, killing its female rider, has been sentenced to three months in prison. The Denpasar District Court said in a verdict on Monday that Lucas Silva, 19, was guilty of causing the death of Ni Wayan Sendi Tamara when his car drove into her motorbike on […]

Free Beer Bonus in Yet Another Truck Mishap

SEMARAPURA An overloaded beer truck on a hotel resupply run to Sumbawa overturned on the Sanur-Kusamba bypass at Mantra Tojan in Klungkung, destroying most of the Rp80 million (US$9,000) worth of cargo — except for some bottles which survived to be drunk by passing motorcyclists and motorists who stopped to help clear up the mess. […]

Brakeless Runaway Truck Kills 6, Wrecks 9 Shops

JIMBARAN Six people are dead and dozens are injured, at least one critically, after a speeding truck loaded with limestone went out of control and crashed on the steep grade on Jl Raya Uluwatu near the Garuda Wisnu Kencana cultural park, at Bukit Jimbaran, on Wednesday. Nine shops, two other trucks and two cars parked […]

Over 300 Dead in Idul Fitri Homecoming

JAKARTA More than 300 people have been killed on Indonesian roads during mass travel to hometowns to celebrate the post-fasting Muslim holiday of Idul Fitri, police said on Saturday. “Our latest data showed that 311 people died in 1,397 road accidents,” national police spokesman I Ketut Untung Yoga Ana said, using data collected since September […]

Now Badung Wants a Dewa Ruci III Change of Plan

DALUNG Badung regency now wants the Dewa Ruci overpass project scrapped completely and replaced by an underpass linking to an elevated roadway over mangroves south to the Ngurah Rai International Airport turnoff. Regent A.A. Agung Gede said — the underpass or tunnel would enable the Simpang Siur area to retain its character — and the […]

Dewa Ruci II: Underpass Back on the Agenda

DENPASAR The saga of the Simpang Siur flyover — part of Governor I Made Mangku Pastika’s plan to ease traffic congestion ahead of the 2013 ASEAN summit meeting in Bali — has taken a new turn. The national planning board (BAPPENAS) has agreed to partly fund an underpass instead. The flyover would involve moving the […]

Bali’s Dog Explosion Claims Another Life

TAMPAK SIRING The Bali Times A Balinese woman was killed on Thursday when the motorbike she was riding struck a dog, police said. Ni Wayan Kerni, 35, from Tampak Siring near Ubud suffered head injuries from the accident and died soon after, Gianyar Traffic Poiceman Bima Viyasa said. The dog had been wandering among late-evening […]