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Should Ha Noi authorities boost bicycle manufacturing industry?

Update: April, 23/2013 - 15:12
Bicycles are expected to make the capital city greener.

HA NOI (VNS) — Ha Noi's Industry and Trade Department recently submitted a project to the municipal People's Committee encouraging local people to ride bicycles.

The department says that the move will save fuel, reduce pollution and traffic jams and give a much-needed boost to the domestic bicycle manufacturing industry.

However, some experts do not support the proposal. They say that while encouraging local people to ride bicycles would be good for the environment, it would also in fact worsen traffic congestion.

They argue that jams become worse when a number of cyclists flock onto roads at slow speeds together with other vehicles, especially as there are no specific bicycle lanes in the city.

Do you prefer travelling by bicycle to other vehicles? What do you think about the proposal? Will it do more harm than good? Should the committee approve the project now to turn Ha Noi into a greener city? Could you share some of your experiences of travelling by bicycle in Viet Nam?

Please reply by email to:, or by fax to (84-4) 3 933 2311. Letters can be sent to The Editor, Viet Nam News, 79 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Ha Noi. Replies to next week's questions must be received by Thursday morning, April 25, 2013. — VNS


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