For the last three years I have been cycling to work here in Jakarta. On my way to the office I have to walk across a pedestrian bridge over one of the stations of the Transjakarta bus line, Halte Senayan. A year or so ago I started to carry my camera and take photos from the bridge as well as under the bridge. Having the camera with me and taking photos every day has made me discover all what is going on here every day: the people commuting to work, the food sellers, the crowded minibuses Kopaja, the motorbikes drivers, the musicians, the workers at new Jakarta underground system. When I was walking pass Halte Senayan without my camera I missed most of that. I did not notice it. I was thinking about the day ahead, the meetings, the emails, etc. The pedestrian bridge and Halte Senayan was unremarkable, because I did not noticed all what is there. Having the camera with me was like opening my eyes to a place I am go through everyday, twice a day. Discovering it in a new way. Here some of the photos I have taken so far.
This is the ‘car’ I use to commute to the office in Jakarta. It is called bicycle. There are too few of tehse in the streets of this city. Why?
The traffic never stops in the morning rush hour. Cars, busses, motorbikes seem all to converge to an invisible destination at the end the roads. They slow down to make space to eachother. Nobody gets angry.
On Jl Sudirman an Ojek driver waiting for customers
I left the office this afternoon and hit a very busy and traffic-jammed Jl. Sudirman. This bus appeared behind the Go-Jek driver (a smartphone app mototaxi) and I liked the three guys cheering the behind.
Kopaja mini busses stop for just few seconds under the pederstain bridge near Senayan. People have to jump off and jump in sometimes when the bus is still moving. They cannot really stop as the road is very congested in the morning.
This week was a good week for bicycle commuting. I saw fellow bicycle commuters almost everyday. Here is one who was riding in front of me near the Polda head office in Senopati in Jakarta. He went straight at the next crossiong, I turned left. For few seconds two bicycle commuters riding the same road!
Too few bicycle commuters in Jakarta. We need more of them. Join us! @Bike2WorkIndonesia
The end of the school year is approaching fast here in Jakarta. Sometime I cycle through streets that are closed to traffic because of year-end ceremonies . That brings food sellers outside the gate of schools where kids go and buy a snack.
It has been raining hard yesterday afternoon. Today on my way to work there were still many puddles in the street. At stop at this one because I like the image of the clouds in the sky.
I cycle pass this tiny piece of green playground in Dharmanwangsa every day (for the past 2 years) and have never seen this hidden statue. Today I saw it with the corner of my eye maybe in a subliminal search for the new photo to post today. I cycled pass, turned back and took my camera to take the photo. It is really amazing to realise how many things we do not see in our daily life. And then when we look for a new angle and a new perspective for a photo we just start to see more. I am sure I have seen this many times before while cycling by, but this hidden statue never imprinted in my memory. I am glad I saw it today. It reminds me of art from Papua or, vaguely, Easter Island. Something from far away.
These are the shadows I saw this morning on the my bicycle commute to work. There was a strong sun and an unusual clear sky in Jakarta.
I took this photo on the pedestrian bridge that crosses Jalan Sudirman in south Jakarta this morning. It was a bit earlier than usual. Nice light. Sone people walking to their workplace. I, one of them.
There is a backstreet on the way to the office. It is closed on both entries so that cars cannot go through. It must have been a popular streets with people looking for coffee and restaurants, for there are few abandoned buildings on bpoth side of this back street. This is the dilapidated entrance of a Balinese rastaurant. I like this entrance. The metal doors. The rusting decorations. The bricks and cement hlding up the doors and that are wearing down, struggling against the tropical weather of Jakarta.
There has been an interesting experiment going on in Jakarta this week. The city administration has suspended temporarily the 3-in-1 rule whereby at peak traffic times cars, on some of the more critical roads of the city, have to carry a minimum of three passengers (including the driver). This rule has resulted so called Jockeys, people who are passengers for hire, waiting on the side of the streets to be picked up as the third person. The 3-in-1 rule has only marginally reduced the traffic congestion. Relaxing the rule has therefore resulted (on average) in a marginal increase in the traffic congestions, although, speaking to friends, it seems that traffic on main arteries has worsened considerably, while smaller alternative roads seem to be more free of traffic.
In the meantime, it would be great if there were more bicycles in the streets, more commuters cycling to work, more bicycle lanes protecting cyclists, more parking space for bicycles. That would really make a difference.