Story - Scooter Mania in Vietnam
Vietnam(2010). In Vietnam today there are over 20 million motorbikes according to the World Bank. Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) has 3 million - about one motorbike for every two people in the city. By far, the largest portion of vehicles on the roads of Vietnam are "motos" which are small engine -50 cc to 400cc motorcycles.To the Vietnamese, a motorbike is not just a vehicle but a bionic limb. A magic carpet, a personal jet pack able to propel them from their living rooms(where many park their bikes) to any doorstep. Legs and feet are backup forms of transport used only as a last resort.
More people die in traffic accidents in Vietnam per capita than almost anywhere else in the world: well over 12 000 a year in a country with 84 million according to the Taipei Times. Some international organizations estimate the number is twice as high. Ninety percent of accidents involve motorbikes, the primary means of transport in the developing country, where few can afford cars.