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Local Transport Around the World: Bicycles Worldwide

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Bamboo Bikes in Ghana

Bamboo Bikes in Ghana

Bamboo Bikes in Ghana

Two years ago in Kumasi, Ghana, an operation called Bamboo Bikes Limited burst into its experimental beginnings. Now, two years on, it is fully operational and achieving scale. During a two-week training program earlier this year, it began the production of 750 bikes for a test run. Its ultimate goal is to produce 20,000 bikes per year!

~ Read more in Villages and Volunteers in Ghana Connect on Bamboo Bikes

Public Bikes in Barcelona, Spain

Public Bikes in Barcelona, Spain

Public Bikes in Barcelona, Spain

Like many cities all over the world, Barcelona is investing heavily in a public bicycle-sharing system. Called Bicing, it was inaugurated in 2007. Since then, the project has won several awards and become an integral part of Barcelona’s public transport. Today’s 6,000 Bicing bikes are used for 100,000 daily trips, which represents a huge savings of carbon dioxide and other emissions when contrasted with common forms of motorised transport.

~ Read more in A New Approach to Public Transport in Barcelona, Spain: Bicing Bicycles!

Bicycles in Vietnam

Bicycles in Vietnam

Bicycles in Vietnam

For generations in Vietnam, bicycles have been used not only as transport but also as a way of generating income for working-class families. A lot of people’s lives are closely connected to this rudimentary conveyance because they can earn their living right on two wheels.

~ Read more in Bicycles in Vietnam: More than Simple Transport

Bicycles in Paris, France

Bicycles in Paris, France

Bicycles in France

“Although bicycles are an ideal form of transportation all across the globe, some cities and countries have worked harder than others to make them an integrated part of the transport system. Paris, where this picture was taken, is one of them. Not only is Paris home to Vélib’, one of Europe’s most successful bike-sharing systems, the city also has approximately 400 kilometres of bike lanes. In the photo above, taken years ago when I was working as a bicycle tour guide, I am preparing to deliver a load of bikes (by bike!) to the start of a tour.”

~ Ethan Gelber, Editor-in-Chief of The Travel Word

Bicycle parking in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Bicycle parking in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Bicycles in Amsterdam

Green Amsterdam is one of the most bicycle-friendly large cities in the world. Bikes are the cheapest, fastest and most convenient way of getting around town. Hires are one option, but joining an Amsterdam bike tour to explore the city centre and surroundings suburbs helps with orientation.

In a city where bikes outnumber people, Amsterdam has well earned the title of the greenest European city.

Read more at Visit Green Amsterdam with whl.travel

local transport- bicitaxi in Praia do Forte, Bahia, Brazil

The bicitaxi in Praia do Forte, Bahia, Brazil

Bicitaxis in Praia de Forte, Bahia, Brazil

“In Praia de Forte, we have a form of local transportation called the bicitaxi. It combines the customer service of a cab with the mechanics of a double bicycle with four wheels. Be sure to leave your driver a good tip — he has put his muscle into it!”

~ Natália Ribeiro of Rota Tropical, the whl.travel local connection in Salvador, Brazil and Morro de Sao Paulo, Brazil

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