Vroom Vroom Scoot Scoot

How did I feel when I tried this way of getting around?:

Because I knew I would ride a scooter in Indonesia, I took a motorcycle safety class and got my motorcycle license before coming to Indonesia. I knew that I wanted to learn how to ride a motorbike in a controlled safe environment before going on to the crazy streets of Indonesia. I also wanted to know what to do in case something went wrong, for example, if I had a popped tire. In this class, I learned a lot of safety tips. Because of the practice I had before my trip, I was not that nervous when I first got on the roads in Indonesia. I took my first day slow getting used to my bike and the road conditions. I also talked to locals about how the rules of the road are different in Indonesia. Here people use horns all the time to let people know they are passing or nearby. Differences like this and learning how to drive around many bikes took some getting used to, but now I love it. On a bike, you can see so much more than in a car and it feels really freeing. 

Is this way of getting around connected to the culture and environment, How?:

Having a scooter is very common in South East Asia and in Indonesia. In Indonesia, the middle class has been growing very quickly, allowing more people to be able to afford cars or motorbikes. Motorbikes or scooters are much cheaper to purchase and operate than cars. Another reason motorbikes are preferred over cars is the traffic in these cities. In Indonesia, it is very common to see bikes weaving through traffic, which allows them to be much faster.

Yogyakarta, Indonesia