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Peddling to Become Fashionable in Bali's Capital

Denpasar Municipality to Build Bike Paths.

(2/1/2010) Beritabali.com reports that the municipal government of Bali’s capital city of Denpasar is taking the next step in its commitment to “Car Free Days” and “Friday Bike to Work Days” in announcing their intention to create special bicycle paths Pilot paths have reportedly been created in various parts of the city. These “bike paths” will be launched on February 21, 2010.

This development was announced to the press by the Chairman of the Secretariat for Denpasar’s Bicycle Community (SAMAS), I Dewa Made Merthakota, following a meeting their the Mayor of Denpasar, IB Rai Dharmawijaya Mantra on Thursday, January 28, 2010. According to Merthakota, the initial bicycle paths will be limited to the Renon and Sanur areas, to be expanded to other areas in the future.

The biking enthusiast and community organizer said the public’s response to “car free days” has been outstanding since its introduction last August. “In addition to individual bikers, there are now many bicycle clubs that have been formed in Denpasar. This condition is very good for our efforts to improve health and the environment in a world increasingly affected by global warming and climate change,” said Merthakoa.

Merthakota said that clear markers would be installed on the new bike baths and asked that motorcyclist not use the new bike paths.