In order to develop better spatial planning, Jakarta City Administration is suggested to prepare more space for pedestrians and bikers. It means to avoid the use of machine transportation for short distance traveling. This project should be followed with a better environment management and sidewalk development.
“Preparing space for pedestrians and building bicycle lane are better than spending money for developing road only,” said Enrique Penalosa, former Bogota Mayor on his speck at The Sustainable Jakarta Convention, Tuesday (11/10).
According to him, this method has been implemented in such advanced countries as Paris, London, and Bogota. This system is the symbol of advanced countries. “Everything must be run well and in synergy,” he added.
At the same time, he suggested the city administration to solve the traffic jam by not adding the road, but developing friendly environmental mass transportation. He also suggests a social engineering in the form of giving space for mass transportation and pedestrians.
The condition of sidewalk in advanced countries is different from one in Jakarta. Many sidewalks are broken, occupied by motorists and street vendors. This can be found easily on Jl Raya Condet, Jl Dewi Sartika, Jl Kalibata, Jl Gatot Subroto, Jl Pal Merah, Jl Kemandoran, Jl Raya Kebon Jeruk, Jl Panjang, Jl Kedoya Raya until Jl Puri Kembangan.
In response of the case, Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo said that the transportation management and preparing space for pedestrian have been managed in city administration continuous program. The government is trying to realize the program. Stakeholders and related units have tried to discuss, found the solution, and done the best effort to reach the continuous program.
Continuous program is important because the population is not balanced with the environment ability to recover itself. At this time, the population number in Jabodetabekpunjur has reached 30 million people, while Jakarta is 10 million.
“We also need financial source to fund the program. Sometimes the regulation hinders the program much. It needs time and incredible influence,” Bowo explained.