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An exponential boom in tourism, and the corresponding wealth that it has brought Bali, has also meant an explosion of traffic and road accidents on the island.

Check out the statistics for checking out on Bali's roads.

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Statistics for accidents, injuries and deaths on Bali's roads

The only graphic content you're going to see here is of the chart variety. But if you'd rather not know what you're up against on Bali's roads, just go somewhere else – because ignorance, sometimes, is bliss.


Road traffic accidents (RTAs) – deaths and injuries – on Bali, Indonesia (Statistics for 1996-2020)

Statistics for deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents (RTAs) on Bali from 1996 to 2020

A graphic showing deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents (RTAs) on Bali from 1996 to 2020. * Numbers for injuries from 2020 are not yet available.
Source: Kepolisian Daerah Bali (KPD) ~ State Police of Bali Province, Indonesia at www.bali.bps.go.id.

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Growth in the number of vehicles – scooters, cars, trucks and buses – on Bali (Statistics for 1996-2019)

There's a lot of fresh blood on the roads.

An exponential boom in tourism – and the corresponding wealth that it has brought the island – has also meant an explosion of traffic on Bali.

A chart showing the exponential rise in the number of scooters, cars, trucks and buses on Bali's roads from 1996 to 2019

A chart showing the exponential rise in the number of scooters, cars, trucks and buses on Bali's roads from 1996 to 2019. Statistics for 2020 are not yet available.
Source: Badan Pendapatan Provinsi Bali (BPPB) ~ Government Income Department of Bali Province, Indonesia at www.bali.bps.go.id.

The number of vehicles on Bali has mushroomed from just over half a million to nearly 5 million in 25 years – with most of the new additions being motorbikes.

Simply put, the roads in Paradise are full to bursting. The school of fish has got tighter, and the margin for error far slimmer.


Number of vehicles on Bali's roads (Statistics for 1996-2019)

Statistics for the total number of motorcycles, cars, trucks and buses on Bali's roads from 1996 to 2019

Statistics for the total number of motorcycles, cars, trucks and buses on Bali's roads from 1996 to 2019.
Source: Badan Pendapatan Provinsi Bali (BPPB) ~ Government Income Department of Bali Province, Indonesia at www.bali.bps.go.id.

The vast majority of Balinese people have never taken a test or a driving lesson in their lives. Most pay for a license.

There are children of nine riding without papers, helmets or insurance. Young families of four balanced on a moped aren't uncommon. Add a teenage girl who's texting while she's tailgating, sling a bunch of road-racing 15-year-old schoolboys into the mix, bang in a few dozen drunk or jet-lagged tourists for good measure – and you've got an explosive mix.


Percentage of motorbikes and scooters on Bali's roads (Statistics for 1996-2019)

A graphic showing the percentage of motorbikes, 85 percent, on Bali's congested roads compared to passenger vehicles, trucks and buses on the island

A statistics chart showing the percentage of motorbikes – 85 percent – on Bali's congested roads compared to passenger vehicles, trucks and buses on the resort island.
Source: Badan Pendapatan Provinsi Bali (BPPB) ~ Government Income Department of Bali Province, Indonesia at www.bali.bps.go.id.

Whether you're riding a scooter or driving your own rental car, 85 percent of your fellow road-users on Bali are going to be motorcycle riders – and it's not rocket science that most people who are injured or die on the island's roads are riding a motorbike.


Number of motorcycles and scooters on Bali's roads (Statistics for 1996-2019)

A graphic showing the number of motorcycles/scooters on Bali's roads from 1996 to 2019

A statistics graph showing the number of motorcycles/scooters on Bali's roads from 1996 to 2019. Numbers for 2020 are not yet available.
Source: Badan Pendapatan Provinsi Bali (BPPB) ~ Government Income Department of Bali Province, Indonesia at www.bali.bps.go.id.


Injuries caused by road traffic accidents (RTAs) on Bali (Statistics for 1996-2019)

Bear in mind that it is not required by Indonesian law to report a non-fatal traffic accident. Most minor accidents and injuries go unreported on Bali.

Statistics for injuries caused by road traffic accidents (RTAs) on Bali from 1996 to 2019

Statistics for reported injuries caused by road traffic accidents (RTAs) on Bali from 1996 to 2019. Numbers for 2020 are not yet available.
Source: Kepolisian Daerah Bali (KPD) ~ State Police of Bali Province, Indonesia at www.bali.bps.go.id.


Number of injuries and deaths on Bali's roads (Statistics for 1996-2020)

If you want to kill or injure yourself – or somebody else on Bali – jumping on a scooter with no experience is a tried-and-trusted method.

Driving your own rental car here without experience is a recipe for manslaughter.

Statistics showing the total number of injuries and deaths from road traffic accidents (RTAs) on Bali from 1996 to 2020

Statistics showing the total number of injuries and deaths from road traffic accidents (RTAs) on Bali from 1996 to 2020. * Numbers for injuries from 2020 are not yet available.
Source: Kepolisian Daerah Bali (KPD) ~ State Police of Bali Province, Indonesia at www.bali.bps.go.id.


Deaths caused by road traffic accidents (RTAs) on Bali, Indonesia (Statistics for 1996-2020)

What's the worst that can happen? You die.

What's the second worst thing that can happen? You kill someone else, things get very sticky with the police, the victim's family and the courts, and you go to jail before going home.

Bali sees a steady stream of about 500 road-deaths a year, which works out to about ten people a week.

The question is: Are you feeling lucky, punk?

Statistics for deaths caused by road traffic accidents (RTAs) on Bali from 1996 to 2020

Statistics for deaths caused by road traffic accidents (RTAs) on Bali, Indonesia, from 1996 to 2020.
Source: Kepolisian Daerah Bali (KPD) ~ State Police of Bali Province, Indonesia at www.bali.bps.go.id.


Further reading ~ Renting a motorbike, and crashing it, on Bali

» Find out what to do after a serious or minor vehicle crash on Indonesian roads »


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The Tale of Ganesha the Globetrotter ~ Bali's Elephant-Headed Hindu God

Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed god, depicted as a spray-can- and roller-wielding street artist in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

‘First stop on Shree Ganesha's round-Asia tour was a spell in Buddhist Tibet with its strong tantric leanings – a convenient spot to re-invent himself as Vinãyaka, and then as the dancing red Nritta Ganapati – before a full-blown alter-ego revamp as the scarlet, twelve-armed Maharakta Ganapati. Now, Maharakta Ganapati was unusually fond of skullcaps filled with human flesh and blood – and this we might charitably put down to a bad trip.

After all, what happens in Tibet stays in Tibet...’

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An American Calonarang ~ Trance & Possession on Bali

Graffiti street art of a Balinese Salvador Dali sipping on a cup of kopi luwak in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

‘To cut an all-night story short, the mask was donned by a dancer who fell into a deep trance. But instead of staying in the temple, he began to run. And run. He became violent and uncontrollable. He ran for four kilometers down the road – the crowd scrambled after him. He ended up in a cemetery just past my house, and in the dead of night began to do frenzied battle with unseen foes...’

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'Nyepi' ~ Bali's Hindu New Year, and the Day of Silence ~ Melasti, Ngerupuk, Ogoh-Ogoh & Manis Nyepi

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‘If previous New Years' Days have seen you waking up with a crippling hangover trying to remember what you did the night before, maybe it's time you headed to Bali in March. Nyepi – the Balinese Day of Silence, and the start of the Hindu Saka New Year – is a day, a night and a day you'll never forget....’

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'Kajeng Kliwon' ~ A Very Bad-Hair Day on Bali

Film poster for Indonesian horror film 'Kajeng Kliwon: Nightmare in Bali'

‘Kajeng Kliwon is the kind of day when anything that can happen will happen. It invariably does.

You have been seriously warned...’

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Diary of a Market Girl

Photo-realistic urban art by an anonymous street artist of a 1930s market scene in Bali, Indonesia

“When I had my sixth and seventh babies at the hospital – my twin girls – the doctor ordered me to have a Caesarian. And without asking me, he tied my tubes off as well.

I think he thought I'd had enough babies...”

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“On the third bite,” says one hater, “it was as though I'd just eaten a diseased, parasite-infested animal with a bad case of rabies. I prayed I wouldn't be sick because I really didn't want to taste it again on the way back up...”

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1932 Virgins of Bali Thirties nudie-cutie bare-native film poster 1930s Bali, Indonesia

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Getting Around ~ Bali 'Biking

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Motorbike accident victim being treated for a leg-injury in an Ubud clinic in Bali, Indonesia

“For me, some of the most dangerous people on the road are white people. I avoid them like the plague. You can tell the ones who are going to hurt others – the fixed grins, the hunched over the handle-bars, the wobbling around corners and shouts of indignation when they finally hit someone – because they have absolutely no idea how life and the road works around here...”

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It's Silly Season Again ~ Renting a Scooter, and Crashing it, on Bali

A monkey tourist crashes his scooter in a road accident in Bali, Indonesia

‘She tears into the traffic. She can't stop. She narrowly misses hitting a car head-on, swerves past a mum on a 'bike and slaloms across the road. Before she hits anyone – it's a miracle she doesn't – she falls in a bad-sounding heap of bent metal and smashing plastic. A group of Balinese rush to pick her up before the cops see her...’

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The Other Side of the Coin ~ Just Another Motorbike Accident on Bali

Commercial street art mural of a Balinese man sitting astride his Norton motorcycle as his wife hovers with daily offerings

‘She starts sweeping and I notice that she's limping. There's a spreading bruise and an angry graze running past her knee and down her calf. She wants to carry on cleaning – I sit her down and ask her what happened.

She's shy; I press...’

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Let's Get Wet ~ The Rainy Season on Bali

Blue sky pokes from behind a gathering of stormy monsoon clouds over Bali, Indonesia

‘Rule number one on a monsoon day? Don't get wet.

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It'll really slow you down. The shivers, hot-and-cold flushes, a chesty cough, diarrhoea, sneezing, stomach pains, a belting headache and aching bones are all at the top of the list...’

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Scorpions, Mosquitoes, Hornets, Poisonous Caterpillars... And Other Strange Tails on Bali

‘Nowhere is free from the tax of life. We all have to pay for our slice of Bali paradise – and this often comes in the shape of our biting, stinging, crawling, flying insect-cousins.

It's the downside of environment-sharing...’

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Holidays from the Jungle

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‘Agricultural, and unpractised in the dark art of handling international tourists, the aristocratic farmer-people of Trunyan have acquired a damaging reputation for aggression. Their unique tourist draw – a jungle-cemetery where bodies are left in the open to disintegrate underneath a magical banyan tree – is regularly shunned by travellers on the time-sensitive tourist circuit...’

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Lombok ~ A Line in the Sand

‘Ten meters away and the young man finally looks up – an inane, animal-like grin taped across his face as his girlfriend grips his porcelain butt and grimaces towards the empty blue sky. They disengage like street dogs, utter an invective in Russian, and stare...’

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Tourism & Self-Enrichment

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‘My concentration's shot to pieces. The spaghetti keeps falling off my fork. She's on her third large beer now. She starts to say 'facking' even more, and is speaking so loudly that people passing on the street have begun to look her way, and she's spitting bits of ciabatta bread and tomato and fish into her friend's dinner...’

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From Ubud With Love

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‘I'm staying at a cute, family-run bed-and-breakfast – a homestay – on Ubud's trendy Jalan Goutama. A young member of the homestay's family tours her compound, blessing it with incense and rice and flower-petal offerings in little hand-made palm-leaf boxes.

All is well in Bali's spiritual capital...’

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A Dutchman Goes to a Gypsy Fortune-Teller

Wooden cock bottle openers, Ubud Market, Bali

‘A Dutch boy in Holland goes to a gypsy fortune-teller who tells him that he is, in fact, Balinese. Afterwards, his uncle visits the Island of the Gods and brings him back a wooden carving of a bare-breasted lady.

Lucky for him it wasn't one of those funny-shaped wooden bottle-openers that looks like a cock...’

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The Land of Self-Healing and Snake Oil

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‘Shake out those Kundalini Awakenings with some HoopYogini™ and Bhakti Boogie® at the Yoga Barn. Celebrate The Divine Feminine with a splash of Shakti Dance. Puff up your lungs in a Sacred Breathwork Immersion Workshop®, insert a Jade Egg for luck at The Womb Temple™ and polish it off with some tantalising Manifesting And Abundance.

You know you're worth it...’

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