There was a cream-colored wall on the side of the road. And a Becak was parked in front of the wall. Becak is a bicycle taxi in Jakarta. No one was sitting on the seat in this Becak, and no one was sitting on the saddle where the driver was sitting. Only the Becak vehicle was left on the side of the road. As I stared at it, the cream-colored wall beyond the vehicle's body looked like a cyclorama, and it looked as if the Becak was placed there for some kind of photo session.
The history of becak, which is a bicycle with a seat to carry people, is not so old. It was only after the Second World War that they became common in Jakarta. Because they were cheap and convenient, they exploded in popularity, but as motorization began to take place, they were left behind. Motor-powered vehicles and human-powered bicycles are so different from each other. And now that cars have become the mainstay of the road, the Becak is even being eliminated from the streets for its leisurely ride.
In Jakarta, this vehicle called becak is not allowed to run except in residential areas and other downtown areas. It is believed that the already terrible traffic jam will be worse if the Becak is running on a big street. Therefore, the only time I saw it running was when I was wandering around in the residential area, off the main street, which is not a tourist attraction or anything else.
November 18, 2020
SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF