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The theory: motorcycles are the ideal solution to mobilizing the masses. But Jakarta throws cold water on that theory. Indonesia’s capital has 6.5 million motorbikes and just 2 million cars, yet still the congestion is deplorable. “Motorcycles can slow down the flow even more because it introduces another element that is hard to predict,” says UCLA professor Michael Manville. To help alleviate the clogged arteries, the government’s considering a plan to stagger school and work hours.

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Jakarta

The theory: motorcycles are the ideal solution to mobilizing the masses. But Jakarta throws cold water on that theory. Indonesia’s capital has 6.5 million motorbikes and just 2 million cars, yet still the congestion is deplorable. “Motorcycles can slow down the flow even more because it introduces another element that is hard to predict,” says UCLA professor Michael Manville. To help alleviate the clogged arteries, the government’s considering a plan to stagger school and work hours.

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