Hanoi Cyclos – One of the most visible signs of traditional life in Vietnam may soon disappear from the streets of Hanoi. The black hand of modernization has struck in Hanoi much as it has in Saigon / Ho Chi Minh City as city leaders move to ban the cyclo from the streets of Hanoi. Many tourists relish the idea of viewing the sites of Hanoi from the seat of Hanoi cyclos. Saigon cyclos and Hue cyclos are popular with Vietnam travelers.
Hanoi Considers Banning Cyclos
Many foreign tourists enjoy sight-seeing cyclo tours in Hanoi.
Hanoi is considering a ban on the slow-moving, open-air pedicabs known as cyclos .
“Cultural leaders say that cyclos add a great deal to the city’s tourism industry but others claim that the vehicles obstruct traffic,” Nguyen Duc Nhanh, director of the Hanoi Police Department, said at a meeting on Thursday.
According to an account reported by VnExpress, Nhanh said that current regulations allow cyclo drivers to travel at a maximum of five abreast.
In the event that more than five cyclos are travelling in a group, they must be spaced 200 meters apart.
During the recent meeting, Nhan charged that cyclo drivers regularly disobey these regulations.
The Hanoi Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism agreed, saying that some groups of Hanoi cyclos usually travel in packs of 40-50, clogging narrow streets and impeding traffic.
Nhanh said that although Hanoi has licensed 324 Hanoi cyclos, there are more than 1,000 pedicabs operating in the capital.
“In the coming time, we need to conduct a comprehensive inspection of the city’s cyclo,” he said. “We need to seize the pedicabs of illegal operators and gradually reduce the number of cyclos until they’re gone.”
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