Friday, December 21, 2007

Four on a motorbike

Motorbikes are family vehicles in Jakarta. Three on a motorbike (two adults and a child) is common. Four is a bit more unusual. I've only seen five a handful of times.

There are more motorbikes than cars on the road in Jakarta, and the number is growing by leaps and bounds. That's partly because traffic rules, to the extent that they exist, are generally viewed as optional for bikes, so the drivers weave in and out of lanes and up onto the sidewalks to get around the city's notorious traffic jams.

1 comment:

Justin said...

My name is Justin Monninger. I am living in Jogjakarta. I believe you and my mother, Wendy Monninger, spoke awhile back. We heard you on NHPR back when I was still in NH. Anyway, I am in Jakarta until omnday night and I didn't know if you wanted to get together for a beer or some coffee. Feel free to email me or if you're not shy go ahead call my cell, the number is 08886865221. Hope to talk to you soon.