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Bali Blocks Cars From Driving On One Of Island’s Busiest Tourist Shortcuts 

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Bali’s traffic issues are no joke, but thankfully, officials across the island are working to try and tackle the issue as quickly as possible.

As leaders announce huge road reconstruction works in the Uluwatu, village leaders in Canggu have implemented a small but impactful approach to take congestion on one of the busiest tourist shortcuts. 

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Canngu is an area of Bali that has undergone unprecedented rapid tourism development.

As villas, beach clubs, and hotels have popped up left, right, and center, the village’s roads have not been redeveloped to meet demand.

This has led to rising traffic congestion over the last few years, pushing both locals and tourists to use narrow farm tracks as shortcuts.

These shortcuts have, in turn, become unofficial roads connecting areas like Umalas to Berawa, but not without problems. 

The famous Canggu Shortcut has been the site of many traffic collisions and, in tragic cases, even tourist deaths. The narrow shortcuts connecting Canggu’s popular beach hangout were never designed for the volume of motorcycles they now receive, let alone cars.

Tired of gridlock traffic on the Umalas-Berawa shortcut, known formally as Gang Batu Sari, village leaders have installed a huge concrete bollard to prevent cars from traveling down the shortcut. This, leaders feel, will go a long way in keeping traffic moving in the area. 

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The Head of the Tegal Gundul Neighborhood, Wayan Suryant, told reporters why the community has taken matters into its own hands. He said, “We have installed a concrete clock in front of the road bridge. So only motorbikes can pass.”

Leaders in the Canggu and Tibubeneng areas have been working to reduce traffic congestion around the booming tourism hotspot since November 2022.

Work is underway to tackle the flow of traffic in and out of the busiest parts of the resort, where traffic reaches gridlock most frequently.

This includes areas like Mango Alley where land acquisition processes are underway so that the local government can widen the road from a narrow farm track to a proper two-way road. 

Construction teams worked overnight to install the new concrete bollard, making it safer for motorcycles to pass down the road without having to navigate around cars stuck in gridlock.

It will be for cars, too, which will now be directed to stay on the main roads that can accommodate their size. 

It is not only in Canggu where officials are addressing the urgent need to improve road infrastructure in order to support booming tourism.

Earlier this week, officials in Badung Regency confirmed that a multi-billion rupiah project to widen and create a new main road in the Uluwatu area has been given the go-ahead to start land acquisition. 

Traffic Congestion in Canggu

Uluwatu, like Canggu, is undergoing a surge in popularity with international tourists right now.

The stunning coastal resort is one of the most in-demand destinations on the island, and the volume of traffic on the roads is starting to take its toll.

Tourists have shared stories of taxi drivers refusing to take them to Uluwatu or dropping them off halfway when traffic has got so bad. 

Traffic-in-Canggu

The new road will help tackle the issue of traffic entering the Uluwatu resort area, particularly around the Nirmala-Uluwatu Intersection, down through Jalan Uluwatu, and onwards around the GWK Cultural Park.

The Badung Regional Secretary, Wayan Adi Arnawa, confirmed that construction will begin in mid-2024

view-of-Uluwatu

While novel solutions like the GoBoat service between Canggu and Uluwatu have been well received and help take just a few cars off the roads between the island’s two hottest destinations, tourists are asking if it is enough, and if it is happening quickly enough?

Both frequent tourists to Bali and local people are in agreement that major work needs to be done to ensure that the island’s transportation infrastructure keeps up with the ever-growing tourism industry. 

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bella

Monday 28th of August 2023

Great Idea, placing the bollards, will this help traffic congestion ..hell NO... there will be even more motor cycle riders impatiently pushing thru the gaps.

While the large vehicles fight the traffic congestion out on the narrow roads, still while the motor cycle rider zip thru the traffic.

Over the years I have noticed that the locals are always hesitant to stop and wait for traffic to roll on, they weave thru other motor cycles & cars, to push & navigate the traffic , impatiently , however I have never seen a local stopped for any traffic offence!

Seriously have you ever noticed if road rules are enforced for a"local" rider or just the cash up tourist ! ... I agree the tourist should never be allowed to rent a motorcycle ever without correct licences , but greedy vendors will rent to riders without rider licences. Who then disrespect local culture with No Idea how to ride. this causes congestion & havoc on the road & walkways .

Talk about traffic congestion... how about stop every rider from using the narrow walk ways to which people are walking on! to get thru traffic. What's the hurry?

suggestions *Helmets to be mandatory for all riders & passengers! *All motorcycles , card & trucks etc be road worthy , good tyres, brakes that are functional. mirrors , mechanical sound engines & steering.

Lets respect each other & police and ride safe

Thommo

Thursday 31st of August 2023

@bella, helmets compulsory for all the underage local kids riding motorbikes around. Their to young for a license. Nothing stops them , the police, the pecalang , the parents let them ride everywhere. Come to Kedungu/Kediri and see it particularly as they head down to trash the beach area at sunset with their plastic rubbish.

Lawrence

Saturday 26th of August 2023

Bit late isn't it?

Perhaps they should have not allowed for unlimited greed to allow the Russians to turn this into Ibeza?

Wayan Bo

Monday 28th of August 2023

@D, he, he, have iPhone 16 mini 1 tb

D

Sunday 27th of August 2023

@Wayan Bo, seems you have too much free time on your hands... always chirping 🤦‍♂️

D

Sunday 27th of August 2023

@Wayan Bo,

Wayan Bo

Saturday 26th of August 2023

@Lawrence, World Bank report say: “Russia is becoming during the sanctions economically more powerful than Germany”.

Robert

Saturday 26th of August 2023

More one way ,control traffic hours,and reduce and have more public transport...mrt and bus

Harry

Saturday 26th of August 2023

Lets get the Airport in the North finished so that tourists are more spread out across the entire island and promote the North more.

So that people dont just stay in the South. Plus stronger laws allowing only licensed and trained people into Cars.

Half the ppl have no idea how to drive correctly and make major issues

Wayan Bo

Saturday 26th of August 2023

@Harry, Iggy Pop - Candy = still the best promotion for the north.

William

Saturday 26th of August 2023

Is any work at all being done on the Gilimanuk toll road that was to be completed by last year..??