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Bicycles: Not only a way of life, a ride towards income
  • | AFP | September 24, 2010 11:19 AM

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) held an international no car day on September 22. People were encouraged to use the greener form of transport, bikes, to get around. In some places, the bicycle is not only a mode of transport, but also a means of earning money.

These bamboo fish traps in the Vietnamese village of Tat Vien are transported to nearby lakes and canals by bike.



A Vietnamese rickshaw driver loads his vehicle high with empty petrol canisters.



In Hanoi, the Vietnamese capital, a woman sells bonsai trees and flower seeds on the back of her bicycle.



A Vietnamese peasant loads rice plants on a bicycle. Rice is Vietnam’s main agricultural product. It grows in vast areas across the country, both on plains and in the mountains.



A salesman carefully pushes his bicycle loaded with huge vases. In Hanoi, trade is most profitable during the celebration of the Lunar New Year.



A man in Pakistan takes baskets to the market.

An elderly bird-lover carries his pets by bicycle. Raising poultry was considered a bourgeois crime 25 years ago during the cultural revolution, but now it is a legal and popular occupation in China.

A rickshaw in New Delhi carries a heavy load. Rickshaws are a popular (and cheap) equivalent to taxis in the Indian capital.

This ragman In Shanghai has found a cheap way to transport old household appliances.

This Chinese farmer has hung baskets of apples on his bicycle to convey as many as possible.

In Manila, a man on a three-wheeled bicycle carries huge garbage bags full of empty cans.

A 61-year-old salesman takes his handmade fans, which are made from palm leaves, to the market to sell. It is hot in Chennai all year round so the fans sell quickly.

In Vientiane, the capital of Laos, a woman carries cell-phone-shaped balloons through the streets. Laos is one of the world’s poorest countries.

A peasant in Burundi hurries to take his goods to the market in Bujumbura, the country’s capital. On a good day, he can expect profits of around 3,000-5,000 Burundi francs or $2-4.

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