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History – Cars + Bikes

The ratio of bikes to cars used to be 1 car to 100 bikes, Vietnam statistics.
The ratio of bikes to cars used to be 1 car to 100 bikes.

In the past the ratio of motorbike to car was 100 to one.  It is hard to know without the statistics to back this.  Not only have the car numbers increased but so have the motorbikes.

I am not sure if this is a joke or not, but I sometimes wonder if these new car drivers remember they are now driving a car or not ??  The places they drive which creates mini traffic jams make me wonder if they think they are still on their bike ??

Hanoi is not really designed for cars at all, lots of narrow streets and alleys that will never have a car running through them.

More cars more traffic jams - this car driver forgets he's driving a car now, Hanoi, Vietnam.
More cars more traffic jams – this car driver forgets he’s driving a car now.
Driving in Hanoi - many skills needed - eyes in the back of your head and heaps of defensive driving skills and short term memory loss - forget what you know at home, follow the traffic flow in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Driving in Hanoi – many skills needed – eyes in the back of your head and heaps of defensive driving skills and short term memory loss – forget what you know at home, follow the traffic flow.

It is a problem of massive growth and increase of incomes, which is an achievement but creating headaches for the authorities who are trying to find solutions to this problem, which will only get worse as more people can afford a motorbike or car.

It’s a shame that riding a bicycle has gone out of trend and seen that if you cannot afford a motorbike you ride a bicycle – this is a huge subject so if you are really into the ins + outs of the subject please check out this site by Jeff Hays who has done a huge amount of research in this and has a wealth of info on his website.  Please visit:

Transportation in Vietnam

On a quiet time for traffic, looking down from Highlands Coffee situated in a 5 story building on the corner of Dinh Tien Hoang and Cau Go Streets, this is looking down Hang Gai Street, Hanoi. Good place to sit up in this building and watch traffic at night.
On a quiet time for traffic, looking down from Highlands Coffee situated in a 5 story building on the corner of Dinh Tien Hoang and Cau Go Streets, this is looking down Hang Gai Street, Hanoi. Good place to sit up in this building and watch traffic at night.

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