Handcart At The Front Of The Traffic Jam

Man pulling a cart at the front of the traffic jam
Shot at Sawah Besar district in Jakarta, Indonesia Tetsu Ozawa

There was a man pulling a handcart at the front of the traffic jam

I was walking down Pasar Baru Street in Jakarta. This street in the Sawah Besar district has been turned into a shopping street a long time ago. This shopping street was built at the beginning of 1820. Indeed, at the entrance of the shopping street has a magnificent gate to remind you of its long history. But as far as I walked down the street, it was just a normal street.

I was walking past a number of narrow streets that intersected and towards the other side of the shopping district. Some of the streets had a lot of traffic, others didn't have much. The road in this photo was very busy. It was a bit of a traffic jam. Maybe it was used as a shortcut. There was a line of cars and Bajaj. And at the front of the traffic jam was a man pulling a cart.

The cart was loaded with a lot of burdens. The car was loaded with so much stuff that even if the man pulled with all his might, it would only move slowly and painfully. The Bajaj following behind it desperately wanted to pass the cart, but the road was too narrow to do so. There is too much difference in speed and power for a human-powered vehicle and a gasoline-powered vehicle to run together on the same road. Human-powered vehicles can easily cause traffic jams. Even in Bangladesh, the parts of the street where cycle rickshaws gather were easily jammed. That's why the operation of bicycle taxis, called becak, is banned in central Jakarta.


Where is Pasar Baru in Jakarta?




Shooting Date

Jan 2020

Posted On

July 29, 2020


Jakarta, Indonesia


Street Photography