Valerie just got back from Vietnam, where she was on a two-week foodie trip. Over there, in Saigon, Hoi An, Hue, and Hanoi, she caught sight of a lot of very cool, workaday bicycles in Vietnam, especially for commerce.
Here are some of her favorite bike pics from Vietnam.
One of the hazards of modernization, engined vehicles now outnumber pedal power in the cities. This is a huge change for Vietnam just in the past decade. Mopeds and motorcycles have squeezed out bicycles to become the dominant form of transportation, with the number of cars quickly rising despite stiff import taxes. There are still plenty of bicycles carrying immense cargo loads, bicycle businesses, and bicycle commuters, as well as pedestrians carrying yoked cargo. All three together were a common scene in the smaller and mid-sized towns. Cyclists come in all ages and styles. Youngsters can’t get a license to ride a moped/motorcycle until 18 but they can get a license to ride certain low-speed mopeds and engined bikes at 16. Anyone can ride a bicycle, of course, young and old alike.
Classic cycles and early mopeds at Cà Phê Xe Cổ, a coffee shop with an antiquities collection, in downtown Hanoi:
Pictures from the trip:
These are my snapshots of picture-postcards at the tourist shops showing extreme bike cargo: