“People don’t want to cycle in Jakarta because the traffic is very dangerous,” says cyclist Toto Sugrito, chairman and co-founder of Bike2Work Indonesia.
The 52-year-old is one of a small number of cycling campaigners who, against the odds, are trying to turn Jakarta into a cycle-friendly city. Sugrito established Bike2Work, which advocates for the use of cycling as a form of sustainable transport, in 2004. There are now more than 130 chapters across Indonesia and more than 5,000 members in Jakarta.
“I have a dream that Jakarta should be like Copenhagen,” he says, sitting in a meeting room at his architecture firm in Tebet, in the south of the city. “Nothing is impossible. I don’t want to limit our dream to make a better Jakarta.”
Another person working hard to make his city better. Jakarta is like KL on steroids and I can’t imagine something harder.
Hope they succeed!