Alternative Transportation Solutions in New Normal Era

Entering the “new normal” period in DKI Jakarta, the Governor issued a Governor Regulation number 51/2020 regarding modes of transportation. This regulation issued as a precautionary measure in dealing with the spread of the virus through public and private modes of transportation. It regulates transportation through the odd-even system, limiting the number of passengers and the parking spots, also the operating hours of public transportation. The government alongside Transportation Agency (Dishub) closely monitors the transportation modes in DKI Jakarta area. Moreover, the Transportation Agency also oversees  32 Jabodetabek checkpoints for exodus wishing to enter DKI Jakarta area. The recent adjustment made by the government pushes people to find new alternative transportation in a new normal era.

CoHive in collaboration with the Jakarta Smart City DKI Jakarta Provincial Government held an online webinar, “Ngobrol Jakarta”. This time, Ngobrol Jakarta talks about “Adaptation to Transformation during the New Normal Transition Period”. Inviting Massdes Arouffy as Secretary of the DKI Jakarta Provincial Transportation Department, Fani Rachmita as Senior Communication and ITDP Indonesia Partnership Manager, and Fahmi Saimima as the Indonesian Bike 2 Work Advocacy Team. This webinar moderated by Indah Rahdiani as Senior Event Management Associate CoHive.

The new normal era has impacted Jakarta’s main roads quite significantly. According to Massdes, the number of vehicles has decreased by 46% during the PSBB period. For example from 10 April to 4 June 2020. However, the traffic volume in the main corridor of DKI Jakarta increased by 29% during the PSBB transition. The increasing vehicles in DKI Jakarta is not only dominated by private wheels, but also by bicycles.

According to The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), the number of cyclists in Jakarta increased by 1000%. As a global NGO engaged in sustainable transportation innovation, ITDP plays its role in building the public awareness. Thus, they’ve been using their platform to campaign the use of bicycles as a mode of alternative transportation.  

According to Fani to change this mindset, the government needs to provide some adequate facilities for cyclists, so they can feel safe and comfortable on the road. There are few facilities she added, such as the bicycle lanes, buffer divider for the bicycle lanes, and the parking facilities. 

Furthermore, the DKI Jakarta Provincial Government is implementing the construction of bicycle toll roads along the Sudirman – Thamrin road. The toll road built will be  5.7km long and equipped with parking facilities along with it.  Massdes added that the government encourages the use of bicycles as daily transportation. Thus, the government has planned the construction of a 32km bike lane throughout Jakarta.

The use of bicycles as a mode of transportation has been campaigned by many communities, one of which is by Bike 2 Work Indonesia (B2W). As a B2W member, Fahmi sees an increasing number of cyclists in Jakarta as a phenomenon that needs to be cultivated. He believes that bicycles are vehicles that can equip anyone’s daily activities. However, cyclists also need to obey existing traffic regulations and wear safety gear. Thus, Fahmi hopes that this transition period can turn bicycles as alternative transportation.

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