The Daily Crawl

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jakarta traffic2Jakarta is a big city, really big.  It’s metropolitan population is somewhere around 28 million ranking it about sixth in the world.  Unfortunately it is also one of the largest cities in the world without a significant public transport system making its travel delays unavoidable and traffic the first topic of most small talk.  The AIG was well aware of this fact in advance of our arrival and had planned accordingly, 2-3 hours commute allowed between appointments, lots of water in the backpacks etc. Planning and reality can differ however and the reality of what Jakarta traffic can really be like is astounding.  So far we have averaged between 7-8km/hr (5 mph) in the city, and have not even hit what the locals would call a “Macet”, a word Jakartans have invented for when the word “traffic” doesn’t really cut it.Daily Route


4 thoughts on “The Daily Crawl

    Sharon James said:
    May 2, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Time to get the bikes out? What’s the pollution like?

      aigkiwi said:
      May 2, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      The pollution is really noticeable when out in traffic. Lots of two-stroke motorcycles make for lots of fumes. Many people wear masks while on the road.

    sarah said:
    May 2, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Have you tried going on a scooter?

      aiggoose said:
      May 3, 2013 at 6:32 am

      The most popular method of transit for the locals it to travel via “Ojek” or motorcycle taxi. Though the drivers offer a “helmet” for their passengers, it is often of questionable quality. The ultimate testament to their popularity is the monthly death toll of 300+ passengers We are not taking scooters…

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