Vietnam: back to bicycles? by mattsteinglass
July 22, 2008, 10:42 am
Filed under: Economics, Transportation, Vietnam

So Vietnam dropped its gasoline subsidies and hiked the price gas stations are allowed to charge by 31% yesterday, to 19,000 dong a liter, which works out to about $4.25 a gallon. In response, I’m starting to hear people say they’re going to leave their motorbikes at home and commute via bicycle. Which is pretty amazing — it’s 34 degrees centigrade and 90% humidity every day here in summer, and people have spent the last 2 decades worshiping the transition from bicycle to motorbike as the iconic instantiation of the shift from Poor to Rich and Primitive to Modern. If Hanoi goes back to being a city of bicycles, or even goes back to the way it was four years ago…this might be a pretty nice city again.


Leave a Comment so far
Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: