Scooter Valet - Hanoi, Vietnam
In Vietnam, a scooter is not just for delivering pizzas or getting hipsters around a trendy neighborhood. In Vietnam, the humble scooter serves as a daily commuter, a family sedan, a delivery van or even a pickup truck. With cars being taxed astronomically, Vietnam has stuck with scooters and motorbikes as the country’s most popular mode of transportation. While there are some moves towards mass transit in the bigger cities, the buses I saw in Hanoi tended to be fairly empty almost all of the time. However, despite the astronomical amount of scooters on the streets, there seem to be a lack of traffic jams which are commonplace in the major cities of Vietnam’s neighbors. This got me thinking. If the people of Hanoi, a fairly densely populated city can get around with such ease without resorting to public transport, why can’t we do the same in Hong Kong or Vancouver? Sure, mass transit in Hong Kong is great but a scooter allows you the freedom to go wherever you like, whenever. Isn’t this a good enough reason to push through our innate phobias of riding in the rain?