B2W Indonesia-On Sunday 1 May 2016, biking community Bike2Work Indonesia, ambassadors, and representatives from the Jakarta city government came together in a special event to promote biking in Jakarta as part of the screening of Swedish documentary BIKES vs CARS at E0S 2016.
The 2016 Europe on Screen (EOS) film festival will showcase 78 films by some of the most prominent European filmmakers, from award-winning films to documentaries from emerging directors. Swedish documentary BIKES vs CARS is among one of them and its first screening on May 1st at Erasmus Huis in Jakarta include a discussion conducted by the Embassy of Sweden in collaboration with Bike2Work Indonesia, the Embassy of Norway, and Jakarta City Government.
The fringe event during the BIKES vs CARS screening starts with Bike2Film – a biking ride from Taman Suropati to the venue with cycling community Bike2Work Indonesia, Scandinavian brunch, film screening and panel discussion. Moderated by HE Ambassador of Sweden Johanna Brismar Skoog, the panelists include DKI Jakarta Deputy Governor for Spatial Planning and Environment Oswar Muadzin Mungkasa, Chairman of Bike2Work Indonesia Toto Sugito, bike enthusiast and humanitarian Ina Madjidhan, as well as HE Ambassador of Norway Stig Traavik.
With an estimated 15 million inhabitants and almost 14,000 people per square kilometer, Jakarta is one of the most densely populated cities in Asia. Some initiatives have been taken to promote walking and biking, such as car-free day and broadening of sidewalks in Thamrin, plans now extended to Sudirman. There are also biking lanes in some areas, but critics say they are overrun by cars and motorbikes. The discussion on the theme “How to Make Jakarta More Bike Friendly?” aims to answer questions such as how can the city include bikers and pedestrians in its planning scheme? What is their role in a more environmentally-friendly capital? And how can existing regulations (Law Number 22 Year 2009 regarding Traffic and Road Transportation related to the rights of cyclists and pedestrians: Article 25 paragraph 1 letter g, Article 45 Paragraph 1 letter b, Article 62 Paragraph 1 and 2, Article 106 Paragraph 2) to protect them be better enforced?
Toto Sugito said that personal cars and poor traffic system are what make Jakarta so jammed. According to him, the mass transportation today needs to be improved so that the number of personal vehicles could be reduced. ”Pedestrians and cyclists as the kind of non-motorized transportation should be facilitated well. And later when mass transportation already established, bicycles and pedestrians could be a feeder. With the increasing number of public transportation in Jakarta, I hope Governor Ahok as promised can continue improve the facilities, especially by providing decent sidewalks for pedestrian and bicycle paths for cyclists so that the integration of mass transport can be realized,” Toto added.
In the present day, bicycles seem to be forgotten by civilization because people depend too much on their cars. The condition that occurs globally has been addressed by many struggles, including by the cyclists who strive to make the city more friendly and sometimes seem “at war” with other fellow road users. Telling a potentially revolutionary story with poignancy and humor, BIKES vs CARS examines both the struggle for cyclists in a society dominated by cars and the huge changes for the planet and for individual people that could take place if more cities moved away from car-centric models.
The documentary film from award-winning Swedish director Fredrik Gertten will be screened during the 2016 Europe on Screen film festival at Erasmus Huis (1 May) and Institute Francais Indonesia (8 May), and these are the first screenings in Indonesia. The film was launched in mid-March last year at the 2015 South by Southwest (SxSW) – an annual set of film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences that take place in Austin, Texas, United States.
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