Participate in a Friendly City

The closest relationship between the house (where we live) and the environment is a town. The city provides a wide range of elements required by the community to carry out its activities and boost the economy. City and residents interconnected with one another to create a longer life. It was called a symbiotic mutualism because they can not stand alone and can not live without one another. Focusing on the development of a city, it usually developed with many big capitalist projects who take over a wide range of land to be used as a place to conduct business. Not one, but sometimes the government forgets the eviction of the local residents who previously lived. Friendly city concept is a good concept in a development town, where the city has an index of security, peace, non-polluting, and transportation connected. Aspects of child-friendly and environmentally friendly are also included in the city's friendly concept.

The following aspects that support the concept of Friendly city:

1. Friendly to children.
In this aspect assessed on the basis of public facilities that are not harmful to children. With design that has been made in such a way, it should be able to cope with accidents in children. As a concrete example is the design of a garden fence made of iron that sharp edges with a height of less than 1 meter. Circumstances where a small child can be injured by the barbed wire, the city eligible children are expected to minimize the accident committed by a small child less than 10 years old.

2. Friendly to the elderly.
The existence of elderly who still like other normal human activity, can be found in many cities. It should be facilitated, because the elderly have limitations in physical motion. The example that has been implemented is the Pelican Crossing. The system is a system that made the traffic light is provided button if you want to cross the road. “Pelican Crossing” helps the elderly and citizens to reduce the risk of road accidents due to lack of aware of the traffic light.

3. Friendly to tourists.
Provided many signs are easily to understand layman, for example, direction at the intersection as well as some important information that can be obtained with a simple tourist.

4. Less pollution.
In addition to increasing the capacity of green space, reduce air pollution is also done by reducing the number of motorized transport in a city. There are basic things that cause people choose not to use motorized transport (bicycles) is a Habit. Habit, a town that predominantly uses bicycles as a primary mode of transportation will produce a healthy habit for life, because they always exercise anywhere. To invite people aware of cycling, should be given the socialization of the direct impact of cycling on health.

5. Public transport is connected.
Transportation is basically designed to enable residents to mobility. Transportation connected with each other, it will increase the effectiveness and efficiency of mobility.

6. High security.
Crime is the most frightening specter for anyone who lives in the city. With a high control of the government for security, then the more people feel safe anywhere and anytime. There is no fear for all those who were in the city.

Instead of waiting for the government to make policy and other preparations, we as citizens must also have full awareness to make changes. Here are some tips to make our city a city that is friendlier:
1. Cycling
2. Expand to walk
3. Helpful against tourists
4. Choosing public transport rather than private transport (motorized)
5. Participate maintain environmental hygiene

Friendly City concept is suitable for a wide variety of the city that has foundations in a wide variety of sectors of the economy. The seriousness of the government is expected here to create a city that is convenient for all.

*This post is dedicated to satisfy Asia Pacific Urban Youth Assembly (APUF-6) task.

Taufik Fitriyanto
Universitas Indonesia
Indonesian Delegate for Asia Pacific Urban Youth Assembly 2015

Home for All: Inclusive city

The place for all citizen members are required to provide a happiness, safety, and live-able. As the bottom level of hierarchy in the regional organization, City acts whole what society needed. The nation's neighborhoods are separated by income, assets, and educational background.

Inclusive City

How does a city become one that inclusive of all? First it must address the growing divide between the rich and poor, the lack of affordable housing, relations between the community and law enforcement, and concerns about gentrification.[1]

City as a platform for society to grow up has to supply a pleasant condition for members. Various backgrounds society should be satisfied to enhance the city's human resources quality. Somehow Several Cities that has a big economy that could be the center of attraction to be lived in. Let us analyze what were required by society:
1. Various ethnics
2. Various cultures
3. Various ages

Various ethnics impact to the society requirements. The needs of the various tribes in need of some specific requests such as the minimarket by providing certain foodstuffs. For instance, an Arabic who live in the plains of Europe, Arabic who already live there expect a place that provides a wide range of foods that could make the Arabic could eat Arab food. While outside else they needed a restaurant close to Arabic food.
Various Cultures also directly affects the survival of society in a city. Culture someone who variegated example in terms of transport, there are some people who tend to use the bike when going to work or to school. There is also the use of a car or bus.

Various ages are also an important milestone for a city. In the presence of small children and the elderly in the manufacture and design of various kinds of policy must be adjusted properly. City for All really designed for all people in various fields with diverse demographics.

With a different culture and a different tribe, a city is expected to be a means by which to support the various needs of society in the mobilization. The mobilization effects on the economy of the city, so the transportation is also a means to accelerate the economy.

Design and Development Perspectives

By realizing in the vary requirement, designs of facilities that are free for citizen should be adapted by many characters. It can be achieved if government does an active action to know further about what elder, children, and disable people needs. It will need a longer time to plan a specific –and comprehensively design that allowed by society. For example, pedestrian is needed by all stages of society. It activates walking-behavior to press down the traffic jam that caused by over capacity of vehicles. By applying a very enjoyable pedestrian, people who previously used to mobile by private car, can be turned to maximize the pedestrian as the part of healthy campaign and decrease the number of vehicles around road. 

City is expected to provide a wide variety of platforms that can be used or obtained by society. The various needs of the society should be covered in line with the economy of a city. Government must routinely emphasize the “Different value” in the city. 


*This post is dedicated to satisfy Asia Pacific Urban Youth Assembly (APUF-6) task.

Taufik Fitriyanto
Universitas Indonesia
Indonesian Delegate for Asia Pacific Urban Youth Assembly 2015