January 22 proposed as Pedestrians’ Day in Jakarta

Walkability Asia

A group of pedestrian advocates in the city have proposed that Jan. 22 be known as Pedestrians’ Day in remembrance of the nine pedestrians who were killed in a recent fatal accident in Central Jakarta.

Glenn Marsalim and Marco Kusumawijaya, who have used the Twitter account @JalanKaki to promote walking habits among Jakartans, have been campaigning for the official recognition of the date as the Day of the Pedestrian.

On Sunday, Jan. 22, a black minivan swerved off Jl. M.I. Ridwan Rais in Central Jakarta, while traveling at around 100 kilometers per hour, and ran into pedestrians, killing nine and injuring four others. The deadly accident has sparked public outrage against the reckless driver, who has been confirmed to have been under the influence of drugs when she lost control of the vehicle.

Marco said the tragedy showed that pedestrians were constantly under real threat in Jakarta, which has few…

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