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Navigating Jakarta's rat runs with Waze

Ni Nyoman Wira
Ni Nyoman Wira

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Mon, October 7, 2019  /  05:17 pm
Navigating Jakarta's rat runs with Waze

A crowdsourcing-based navigation platform, Waze gathers reports from users about traffic congestion, accidents, road closures and police operations. (Shutterstock.com/dennizn/File)

Back in the day, jalan tikus (rat runs), or the narrow lanes that people use to avoid the traffic on main roads, were only known to the locals who lived in the area and who were familiar with the surroundings. Knowledge of jalan tikus is essential for those who live in the capital city and drive all the time, as these alleys may help them avoid traffic congestion on the main roads and cut their commute time quite significantly.   However, thanks to current technological advances such as navigation app Waze, such knowledge is no longer insider information and has instead become public. Sixty-nine-year-old Iwan Burnadi Halim, for instance, regularly drives from his home in Lippo Cikarang in Bekasi regency, West Java, to Kramat Jati Market in East Jakarta, from Monday to Saturday. As he usually commutes during rush hours, he can be stuck in traffic, often for as long as t...