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Cyclists are Outlaws in Indonesia

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (September 23) – You could wonder why not more people in countries like Indonesia ride bikes, instead of using a substantial part of their income to sustain a car or motorcycle? Well, one of the reasons could be the status of a bicycle: not the social status, but the legal one. In Jakarta, […]

JAKARTA, Indonesia (September 23) – You could wonder why not more people in countries like Indonesia ride bikes, instead of using a substantial part of their income to sustain a car or motorcycle? Well, one of the reasons could be the status of a bicycle: not the social status, but the legal one. In Jakarta, Indonesia the local authorities regard bicycles as vehicles that have no right to the road, in fact they are using the city’s crowded asphalt illegally! What this means in case of an accident is obvious, that it does not stimulate people to use a bicycle is also sure, that it is a somewhat strange aberration in the Indonesian law is certain.
Why this is allowed to exist is another question, as cyclists are dependant on the goodwill of police officers to bail them out when something nasty happens – and cars usually win in head to head battle…(MH)

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