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Switch Your Transportation, Fuel Price Increase!

Transjakarta Bus Passengers Waiting for Bus (Merdeka.com/Iqbal S. Nugroho)
Transjakarta Bus Passengers Waiting for Bus (Merdeka.com/Iqbal S. Nugroho)

The fuel price increases again, people can shift transportation to maneuver it. Let’s shift from private vehicles to public and eco-friendly transportation.

Generasi Hijau, are you worried about the increase in fuel price? As a consumer, we have no choice yet to follow the government’s regulations. However, we can save the budget for transportation by changing our transportation choice. These are some options for your daily transportation.

1. Subway

Situation inside the Jogja-Solo KRL (Binti Sholikah / Republika)
Situation inside the Jogja-Solo KRL (Binti Sholikah / Republika)

Subway is a good choice for Generasi Hijau for those of you who can access it. In Jakarta, there are MRT and KRL as one of the favorite public transportation that is jam-free and affordable. There are a lot of routes available to support people’s needs. Subway is also available in Bandung, Yogyakarta, Solo.  Even though the route is not as much as Jakarta, many people use it to reach their office or school every day. 

People are enthusiastic about using the subway and it brings positive impacts like reducing jams, the number of vehicles, and carbon emissions. However, subway service is not evenly distributed throughout Indonesia. Only some big cities in Java provide this service.

2. City Bus

Trans Metro Pekanbaru Public Transportation (John Veerkamp)
Trans Metro Pekanbaru Public Transportation (John Veerkamp)

Generasi Hijau can also use city buses, it is available almost in all parts of Indonesia. Not only Java but also Sumatera, Borneo, Sulawesi, Bali, Papua, Maluku, NTT, and NTB have this service. The bus fee is also affordable compared to the subway. Many students, officers, and people use city buses. They choose this transportation because it is easy to access, comfortable, safe, and can reach the countryside. Some city buses have particular bus lines to avoid traffic jams like in Jakarta. However, most of Indonesia does not have a bus line. Therefore, traffic jams will also affect the bus trip.

3. Traditional Public Transportation

Pedicab passengers in Malioboro (Rahman / Gudeg.net)
Pedicab passengers in Malioboro (Rahman / Gudeg.net)

Indonesia has unique and special traditional public transportation. Pedicabs, angkot, and wagon still exist now. Interestingly, traditional transportation is also used as a tourist attraction besides daily transportation. It brings unforgettable experiences for tourists because they don’t have it in their origin. 

Traditional transportation has many functions. It also can be utilized as freight transport. Therefore, you can easily find this transportation in traditional markets to transport goods.

4. Bicycle

Cycling Around the City (Arif Saputra / detik.com)
Cycling Around the City (Arif Saputra / detik.com)

Bicycle is also an option for Generasi Hijau to replace a vehicle. You can ride your bicycle to your office, school, market, tourism destination, and shopping mall. It will help you to save on fuel budget. Moreover, It is also eco-friendly and has less carbon emission. 

Cycling is also good for Generasi Hijau’s health since it is also a sport. Since Covid-19, cycling has become a trend in society. Many people share their moments during cycling and this trend becomes viral. Of course, this is a good moment to influence people to cycle more. You can cycle whether in a short or long distance. 

5. Walking

Officers in Jakarta Walking to Their Office (Ramdani / Media Indonesia)
Officers in Jakarta Walking to Their Office (Ramdani / Media Indonesia)

Generasi Hijau can walk to reduce the use of vehicles in daily mobilization. Walking is the easiest and instant way to do it. Even though it is not the most comfortable to access a distant place, it has some advantages. Walking helps you to save fuel budget, exercise to keep healthy, and contribute to reducing emissions and traffic jams. Even though many Indonesians don’t get used to it, you can start first to reduce the use of vehicles. Walk with your friends, chat, listen to music, and enjoy the surrounding atmosphere to make it more fun. 

Those are the answers to the fuel price problem that burdens many people. Even though we cannot leave fossil energy for 100%, at least we try to get used to public transportation, cycling, and walking. Let’s move with less environmental damage. The government is required to build proper public transportation facilities that are inadequate.

Author :

Aviaska Wienda Saraswati

Aviaska Wienda Saraswati

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