How can 'carpocalypse' be avoided in Hanoi?
Vehicle ownership is status symbol in Vietnam, but congested streets are making the city unliveable. What will turn the tide?
The everyday commute in Hanoi is a test of endurance; it requires perseverance and concentration, and involves pollution, bizarre noises, and mysterious aromas. Traffic lights act more like loose guidelines for the flow of traffic, and with busy crowded streets, public buses are the most feared among bicyclists for their accelerator-happy feet.
Hanoi is responsible for more than 10% of Vietnam’s economic output and is home to 14% of the population. It’s a crowded city; its nine central districts have an average population density of 20,000 people/km2. By comparison, London’s nine most crowded boroughs have an average population density of 11,738 people/km2 (pdf).
Source: Guardian Transport