Jakarta’s best cycling routes
Think you can’t cycle and breathe at the same time in Jakarta? Think again! We’ve pushed our pedals far and wide to bring you the city’s best tracks for leisure cycling. And by leisure, we mean great view and lush shades included. Yes, really!
Taman Margasatwa Ragunan
This zoo is your private cycling playground, provided that you start earlier than the rest of Jakarta. Load your bikes to your car, drive to Taman Margasatwa Ragunan and start cycling the lush 140-acre grounds. We like starting at about 8am to enjoy the morning coolness and the grounds before the crowds come. Feel free to hop off your bike and walk towards your furry friends’ cages to get a closer look – your littlies would surely be excited. The crowd starts to build up at 9am, so finishing up and leaving at 9:30am is your best bet to avoid track jams. Don’t forget to use mosquito repellent lotion, mozzie bites aren’t really our idea of souvenirs.
Taman Margasatwa Ragunan, Jl. Harsono RM, No. 1, Ragunan, Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta, p: 62-21/7884-7114. Hours: Tue-Sun 7am-5pm, closed on Mondays, or Tuesdays when Monday is a public holiday.
Taman Mini Indonesia Indah
If you’re an athlete-slash-culture vulture, bring your bikes to Taman Mini Indonesia Indah. Get in touch with Indonesian heritage while cycling your way through the 150-acre park by occasionally hopping off to marvel at the traditional houses, museums, orchid garden, and even a bird sanctuary. Watch out for their Desa Seni (Art Village) for your chance to do a little shopping for handicrafts during your ride. The day’s too hot to cycle? Park your bikes and jump into Snow Bay’s many pools, you’ll cool off in no time.
Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, Jl. Raya Taman Mini, East Jakarta, p: 62-21/8779-2078. Hours: Mon-Sun 8am-6pm.
Missing your university days, you know, when you skipped classes and partied hard with dorm buddies? Here’s a way to reminisce good ol’ student years while burning off calories: cruise through Universitas Indonesia from the comfort of your kike seat. It’s quite a drive to get there, but we assure you, it’s well worth it. Park your car at the Psychology Faculty building and cycle the 4-kilometer biking trail that showcases the University’s 12 faculty buildings. Don’t miss out on their library, this post-modern architectural marvel on the lakeside provides great photo-ops!
Universitas Indonesia, Kampus Baru UI Depok, Depok, p: 62-21/2997-2200.
Banjir Kanal Timur
Okay, this track doesn’t provide lush shades, but the view’s not bad, considering it’s an inner-city biking lane. The Big Durian may be way behind in providing inner-city biking lanes, but we have to admit that Banjir Kanal Timur is an admirable pioneering effort. Originally dedicated to the Bike2Work community, the 6.7-kilometer BKT bike lane spans from Jalan Jenderal Basuki Rahmat to Jalan Jenderal R. S. Soekanto, offering a good opportunity to burn calories while mingling with fellow cyclists and joggers. We recommend cycling early on weekends, since motorcyclists take (unauthorized) claim of the lane on weekdays.
Banjir Kanal Timur, Jl. Banjir Kanal Timur, East Jakarta.
Push It Further
Already roamed the aforementioned places? Take your cycling adventures up a notch by venturing the trails recorded by fellow cyclist within the city. Word of warning: be mentally and physically ready to share (and sometimes fight for) the road with cars and motorcycles. Gear up as well, helmet, face mask, and lights are a must.