Bandung, Indonesia is a popular spot for tourism, studying, and culture, but as the city has grown from its resort town roots, it has developed complex and dangerous traffic patterns, among other persistent problems. Adding to the city’s 2.7 million residents, tourists flocking to Bandung for fashion and food often quickly overwhelm Bandung’s streets, causing traffic jams, accidents, and pollution. A recent trip by members of ITDP Indonesia looked deeper into the city’s problems and began crafting plans to address the city’s needs.
Bandung’s iconic, hilly geography exerts a heavy influence on the urban landscape. Narrow, winding streets are common, in turn requiring smaller vehicles to navigate many roads. The most popular form of transit in Bandung is the angkot, a minibus carrying around 14 people. The city of Bandung currently runs 38 angkot routes throughout the city. In addition, the city runs DAMRI, a larger bus service with long routes along major avenues, but with limited overall coverage. In 2011, the BikeBDG bike share program opened in the city and has great potential to grow.
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