Today’s Writing 101 assignment is to pick one of four images and try to write something about it. As I was looking at the image, I found one that struck my mind. It was this image of a busy city. I immediately think to write something about it, particularly about traffic.
This morning, I ride my motorbike from my house to the campus for about 20 minutes while it would normally take only 5-10 minutes. The traffic was so busy and I was stuck into it. As I was looking around, I saw cars, many cars, with only 1 person in each of them. Then I realized what makes the traffic so bad.
Now, imagine there are 100 people stuck in the traffic with me. Assuming each person uses 1 car, there are 100 cars there. If only all of them took the bus, there would only be 2 buses in the road. There won’t be a traffic jam anymore, the problem is solved! To illustrate my point better, look at this video. (Sorry I couldn’t credit the owner of the video because I can’t identify the source. If you know the source, let me know!)
You get me?
Well, this problem could occur in Indonesia because of some things:
- Bad public transportation system (not roadworthy buses, no light rail train, uncomfortable angkot).
- Very narrow street everywhere with no indication of an upgrade.
- Buying car and motorbike is very easy with very cheap instalment and no regulation.
- Getting a driver license is very very easy (no test, you can just pay and get your license instantly!)
- Very cheap fuel, this basically encourage people to buy more car, in my opinion.
So, how can we make people go with public transportation, instead of their own car?
- Make buying and owning car and motorbike harder and more expensive (more administrative requirements, higher tax, higher parking rate, more expensive fuel, etc.)
- Make obtaining driver license harder (harder test, higher cost, more administrative requirements, etc.)
- Increase the quality of the public transportation systems while subsidizing them, at least at first, just to attract more people.
- Start from ourselves! Try to use your car less, opt in for a bike or public transportation instead.
Well, I know that it’s only a dream right now. But I hope that the government and the people will realize all these things soon.