Best Biking Routes in The Busy City of Jakarta
Sunday morning is the best time to relax and release the tension that has been piled up on the weekdays. Sitting on the porch while sipping your favorite home-made coffee sounds good, but aren’t you bored to do the same routine over and over? If you don’t know what else to do on a Sunday morning, try to be active. While going to the gym and indoor exercises can be done on any day, there is one thing you could only truly enjoy on a Sunday morning.
Cycling around the city is usually the choice of people who want it to be simple while still being active. When you’re usually caught up in the traffic jam while sitting in your motor vehicle in Jakarta, now try strolling around on a bicycle and experience the different vibe of the city. It may sound scary and unrealistic at first- cycling between the dense traffic of motor vehicles. Afraid not, there are beautiful cycling routes in Jakarta and here we have listed it for you!
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Ancol is a resort destination where you can go to a theme park, oceanarium, water park, art market, thematic restaurants, beach, and many more. Yes, it is a great place to spend your weekend in. Even if you only want to visit this place on a Sunday morning, it’s totally worth it. As if the recreational spots aren’t satisfying enough, we could get more from this place- cycling around the area. If you don’t bring your own bicycle, Ancol provides 1.000 bicycles for visitors to ride for free. In order to use it, you will have to install an app to input the bicycle numbers or scan the barcode. Then, you will receive a passcode to unlock the bike. These bikes can be used within the Ancol perimeters. Could you imagine cycling around exciting spots to hop on to and close the day by watching the sunset with your loved ones?
Car Free Day (CFD)
Every Sunday from 6 am to 11 am, some streets in Jakarta are barred from motor vehicles (except Transjakarta) so citizens can enjoy walking, running, and hanging around the streets without worrying about getting knocked over by cars. If you have experienced Jakarta’s Car Free Day before, you must’ve known how blissful it is to experience the calm version of Jakarta. Not only exercising, but people can also eat in numerous food tenants during CFD. Here are the routes that apply CFD (please note that different hours might apply in certain areas):
- Jl. Sudirman – Jl. MH Thamrin, every Sunday, from 6 am to 11 am
- Jl. Suryopranoto, third Sunday of the month, from 6 am to 11 am
- Jl. Dr. Saharjo & Jl. Minangkabau Manggarai, first Sunday of the month, from 6 am to 9 am
- Jalan Layang Non-Tol (JLNT) Antasari, every Sunday, from 6 am to 11 am
- Jl. Warung Jati Barat (Pejaten Village – Simpang Mangga Besar), first Sunday of the month, from 6 am to 11 am
- Jl. Lenteng Agung Timur, first Sunday of the month, pukul 06:00 – 10:00 wib
- Jl.Cipete Raya , first Sunday of the month, from 6 am to 10 am
- Jl. Kalibata Raya (U turn TMP Kalibata Perlintasan Kereta), second Sunday of the month, from 6 am to 11 am
- Jl. Karet Pedurenan (Kel. Karet Kuningan), third Sunday of the month, from 6 am to 10 am
- Jl. Sultan Iskandar Muda (Alteri Pd Indah Depan Gandaria City – Simpang Kostrad), fourth Sunday of the month, from 6 am to 10 am
- Jl. Petogogan 1 & 2 , fourth Sunday of the month, from 6 am to 10 am
- Jl. Kesehatan Raya (sektor 1 Bintaro), setiap fourth Sunday of the month, from 6 am to 10 am
- Jl. Tebet Barat Dalam Raya, fourth Sunday of the month, from 6 am to 10 am
- Jalan Gajah Mada – Hayam Wuruk, second Sunday of the month, from 6 am to 11 am
Jl. Danau Sunter, third Sunday of the month, from 6 am to 11 am
- Jl. Pemuda Rawamangun, second and fourth Sunday of the month, from 6 am to 11 am
- Jl. RA Fadillah Cijantung, every Sunday, from 6 am to 10 am
Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII)
Established in 1975, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah is a culture-based recreational area. This place was raved on earlier years. A bunch of people from inside and outside of the city visited this place to enjoy the attractions offered. Sadly, as time goes by, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah has lost its attractiveness to the customers. If you ever went here these recent years, you know how quiet this place is because it lacks of visitors. Even though this place is not the best choice when you are in the mood to visit recreational spots, you can still enjoy cycling around the area. Since the area is very quiet, you don’t have to worry about vehicles passing by. TMII is covered with fertile trees all around the place, so you can roam around without feeling hot. If you don’t bring your own bicycle, they offer bike rentals for you to rent per hour.
Kota Tua is a neighborhood compromising the original downtown area of Jakarta. It is very distinctive with the colonial buildings and structures that are built all over the area. Despite being built for hundreds of years, these buildings remain restored to their former glory. Many people visit Kota Tua on the weekends to shop at the bazaars, take photos on the Instagrammable spots, and roam around the attractive area. Surrounded by historical museums, what is even more unique about this place is that they rent out vintage bikes, or commonly known as onthel bikes. This is one of the most wanted attractions in Kota Tua. You can rent these bikes and stroll around the area and take photos of you and your friends on the eccentric bikes. While you’re staying in Jakarta, make sure you don’t miss this opportunity!
So there you have the best places and routes for you to go cycling around Jakarta! We hope this helps you! Don’t forget to check other recommendations on our blog!