Tag Archives: road rules

Sidewalks are for PEDESTRIANS, Don’t Tell Me To “Get Out Of The Way”.

14 Feb

Why are you using our sidewalks??

A couple of days ago I was walking home from the bus stop. I was walking on the sidewalk, and I thought to myself, this is the safest place to walk, because no cars and other vehicles could pass through here, and it’s made for pedestrians. WELL HOW WRONG WAS I?? All off a sudden.. 3, 4, 5 motorcycles passed through me in relatively high speed from behind. One of the riders shouted (without manners), “GET OUTTA THE WAY!!”. After that, around 10 more motorcycles passed through again.

Ehm.. excuse me.. YOU’RE the one who’s supposed to get out of the way. This is a sidewalk, and it’s made for pedestrians! Look to your side, there is a BIIIG and LAAARGE road for you to ride your motorcycle on. I’m sure if I walked there, people in cars and motorcycles would be very annoyed. I also don’t like it when people park their motorcycles on the sidewalk. Maybe because there is no more place for them to park their motorcycles around, but it disturbs us pedestrians. It would be dangerous for us to make a circle and walk on the big road just because there is a mass of motorcycles parked on the sidewalk! We could get hit by a car..

Sidewalks are for PEDESTRIANS.

Alexia.

Damn, I am Stuck in the Traffic Yet Again..

2 Jan

Damn, I'm stuck in traffic.......... AGAIN

Life in Jakarta is dominated by… sitting in the car for hours.. in the traffic. Ten years ago, to get from one place to another would have taken 15 minutes, and for that same distance today, it can take an hour or more. The cause of these traffic jams are all different. Sometimes it’s just something small and insignificant, but it creates a biiiig traffic jam. I have tried to collect the reasons why traffic jams happen so often..

1. Accidents. Ok, accidents are sometimes unavoidable, traffic jams happen inevitably during motor accidents. However, if people would stop rubbernecking, the traffic jam wouldn’t be as bad!

2. Flood. When there’s a flood, chances are a car sometimes breaks down in the middle of the traffic. Cars can’t speed when half of its tyres are¬† under water anyway. Stop throwing¬† rubbish carelessly causing blocked drains.

3. Self-centred drivers / drivers who don’t follow rules. There is always that someone who loses his/her patience in the middle of the traffic, and takes a turn that they shouldn’t have taken – at the wrong place, and at the wrong time, and causes a huge tangle. Oh dear.

4. Street vendors. Buying things through your car windows take a while, and people block the street when they’re trying to do a transaction. Cars behind may be impatient, so they try to sneak out of the lane.. and again.. they jam the street.

5. Peak hour. The busiest hours of the day are filled with people going to work or going home from work. Even the three-in-one system doesn’t work, people here make a business out of it, by offering to be the third passenger of the car.

There are a lot more reasons why traffic jams happen so often in Jakarta. I live in Tangerang. When I first moved into this city 10 years ago, it was so peaceful and quiet. Now, it’s packed with cars! Indonesia is very centralised. Everything happens in Jakarta, it is the commercial capital, the business capital, the political capital. Sooo many people live here. I guess there could be less traffic jams if people stop being so emotional and self-centred. The streets and the roads are public places, we have to work together, we can’t just think about ourselves.

Alexia.