Boris Johnson has mooted the introduction of car-free Sundays to central London having been “blown away” by the experience in Jakarta.
Having participated in a mass cycle through the Indonesian capital with the recently inaugurated President Joko Widodo, the Mayor of London spoke of his admiration for the policy.
Several of Jakarta’s main streets are closed to all traffic from 6am, allowing tens of thousands of locals to grace the city on bike and foot, with street stalls and music creating a carnival atmosphere.
Having enjoyed a post-cycle breakfast with the president, Johnson said: "Wasn't that sensational? I have to admit I was blown away by the popularity of the car-free Sunday here in Jakarta.
"We have been thinking about it for ages - I don't think you are going to get the British people out of bed at six in the morning to do it quite like that but it is certainly food for thought.
"I will certainly be asking TfL to dust down those old ideas and let's have a look at them again.
"I think it would probably take time to bed in and it would take a few years before people got into the swing of coming out into the streets and making use of the space that a car-free Sunday provided. But it was very stimulating."