Bike or Bicycle . . . . . . . . .. .. . . the choice is yours and it’s just a name !!
In days gone by they were the main stream of transport in Hanoi, they called it a silent city. Well, I first visited Hanoi in 2005 and it was far from quiet, I think 10 years earlier in the mid 1990’s it was a different story.
I often hear foreigners nostalgically saying ‘remember when . . . Hanoi was a silent city’. It is easy to say that when you have just hopped out of your car and walking around town. Of course if they have just got off their bike, hot and sweaty after 2 hours of getting into town, the silence wouldn’t be so beautiful.
Vietnam is catapulting itself into the future with rapid change and development at lightning speed. This is also reflected in the amount of traffic one sees on the road, and the fewer bicycles.
The transition from bicycle to motorbike has been rapid in my time, as cheap imports have flooded into the market and peoples income and standard of living has increased.
The bulk of the bikes on the road are not high tech, they have one gear, brakes if you are lucky and a seat. What else could a girl ask for, forget having a light, that is so not important !! Vietnamese are so mindful, not like us in the west who have been wrapped in cotton wool with safety this and safety that !! It drives me spare as personal responsibility is wiped out of our minds.
Cycle becomes elegant statement.
Biking for Pleasure
Bicycles still have their place in Hanoi, and even though less people are using them, they still have a following and purpose, which we hope will remain through economic growth and development.
Not only that, let’s remember some people still have the time and love to ride a bike.