Common Space in Kampung Slipi
Readers write the importance of common space for resident collective activities in Slipi and chaos in the traffic light location in Garut, West Java.
KAMPUNG Slipi is located in the Palmerah subdistrict, West Jakarta. The community in this area gives importance and loves togetherness. This is proven by the presence of resident gatherings in many events such as wedding, circumcision and birthday ceremonies. These gatherings need fairly big spaces. This phenomenon causes the closure of public roads, so that even pedestrians cannot use the access. The access cutoff takes place for about 24 hours. It gets worse when this happens in two road access locations.
Consequently, vehicles cannot pass the road especially it will be difficult when there are emergency needs. Pedestrians have to take a longer roundabout route, package delivery and online taxi mobilization become hampered and guests find it hard to reach their destinations. This condition affects the convenience, comfort and routine activities of nearby residents. In fact, the closure of public roads for private purposes is allowed by the National Police Chief Regulation No. 10/2011, Article 13, on the condition that a permit request should be submitted to the local police office and the roads to be closed should have other access that can be used. But sometimes the road closure for private interests cut off other access so that people have to traverse the space of private ceremonies.
With the condition of Slipi as an urban village having limited land for each dwelling, it is impossible to hold private ceremonies on residents’ land. The only way for residents is to close the access of the neighborhood as a common space. Therefore, the collective space is important to be shared by the Kampung Slipi community. This common space can be used as the place for socialization, residents’ meetings, national programs like general elections, residents’ festivals, even their private purposes. The common space will be beneficial because it facilitates the holding of private ceremonies of the Kampung Slipi community and the invitation of residents in the vicinity.
The Traffic Light Trouble at Maktal Crossroads
GARUT is a small town with a fairly large population. Therefore, traffic jams frequently occur in several road sections, especially at the Maktal crossroads. This intersection leads to Pembangunan, Cimanuk, Papandayan and Cikajang.
The traffic light at the Maktal crossroads is like other similar traffic signals. Sadly, the intersection is not equipped with CCTV cameras like those in other major cities. The Maktal traffic light is the oldest of all in the town and often displays false time account.
The problem frequently found at the Maktal crossroads is motorcycles and cars run through the traffic signal. We have no idea whether the violators are in an urgent condition or they do it only for fear of being trapped in the location of the traffic light. Or if they are worried about getting late. The red lights in big cities may take a longer time while this one in Garut takes a considerably short time. But why are many vehicles still violate the red light sign and be impatient?
The congestions at the Maktal crossroads take place at certain times such as the end of office hours, on holidays and at weekends. These traffic jams occur from traffic light violations by vehicles as well as their impatience to wait for the red lamp turning green, thus creating chaos with many vehicles in the middle of the intersection as all of them want to get ahead.
An example of what often happens is when the yellow lamp is about to turn red, vehicles do not cautiously come to a halt. They would go faster instead. Besides, many public transportation vehicles also would still wait for passengers when the lamp is green causing the traffic to stop behind them.
Lastly, one thing that also often occurs is road users’ impatience to wait for the red lamp to turn green. When it is only about three seconds left, vehicles will be moving without waiting for the red to go green. With the many vehicles moving, the others will follow suit. They are honking the vehicles in front, which is quite noisy, asking them to quickly move forward.
I hope road users can maintain order at traffic light locations by following the rule and more patiently wait for the red lamp to turn green. If many vehicles get impatient and make violations, they will collide with those from the opposite direction with the green light still on. In the end, with the chaos in the middle of the crossroads, the vehicles behind will be affected and the congestion will get worse.
Denasya Hapsari Adhi
Garut, West Java