Growing calls to free up sidewalks from parked vehicles

by Wasti Atmodjo on 2012-12-29

Sidewalks in major tourist areas such as Kuta have become temporary parking lots for vehicles, motorcycles in particular, disturbing pedestrians who are eager to enjoy tourist activities.

Early on Friday, numerous motorcycles were parked along sidewalks from Jl. Legian to the Ground Zero Monument, making it hard for visitors to enjoy sightseeing.

I Ketut Ardana, chairman of the Indonesian Travel and Tour Association’s (ASITA) Bali chapter, said many tourists had lodged complaints when they wanted to walk along footpaths in Kuta, Legian, Sanur, Tanah Lot and other areas.

“Kuta has spacious and newly-renovated sidewalks but people are disturbed by so many motorcycles parked there,” Ardana said.

He strongly urged regional administrations through related agencies such as parking, city sanitation, landscape and transportation to strictly regulate parking systems along pedestrian paths.

Badung Regent AA Gede Agung admitted that control of the parking system in Kuta and neighboring areas had been very weak.

“Violations on parking regulations still occur and not so many staff are handling the issue,” said Gede Agung.

The regent has also asked his staff to regulate the operation of street vendors, kiosks and promotional activities along the sidewalks.

He said most of the parked motorcycles belonged to workers at shops along Jl. Legian and Kuta’s streets.

The Badung administration has issued a regulation requiring shops and business facilities in those areas to provide parking sites for their employees as well as their guests.

Kuta, he said, had been a strong magnet for people doing business and spending leisure time.

“People have applied for permits to run a large variety of businesses operating in both small- and
large-scale shops,” the regent.

However, Kuta has limited space for parking lots so visitors park their motorcycles or cars along the streets, creating serious traffic congestion.

The regent said the administration would soon issue a new regulation prohibiting people from parking their vehicles on sidewalks in several areas in Kuta and other tourist destinations.

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