With economic development, there are rapidly growing numbers of vehicles on the roads – 95% of motor vehicles in Vietnam are 2-wheeled. To the visitor, traffic in Hanoi looks like chaos. Most intersections in old Hanoi have no traffic lights. However, traffic seems to flow miraculously in a Zen-like, harmonious way. There is seldom angry confrontation or road-rage. Hanoi scooter riders maintain their cool. And a style.Scooter girls are especially stylish – old and young.Kids grow up on scooters. Unfortunately however, road traffic crashes are the number one killer of children aged 5-14 in Vietnam.Since May 2010, the law requires children from 6 years of age, to wear helmets. Many parents however, still believe that helmets on children increase risk of neck injuries.
(Photos shot with a Canon S90.)
You may enjoy this time-lapse video example of Hanoi traffic: