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Scooters and rickshaws to ease transport blues

21 Apr 2018 at 21:11hrs | Views
Rickshaws and scooters for urban commuting, what's holding us moving over to those modes of transport? Many developing nations have embraced use of tricycle taxis and motorbikes to beat congestion and traffic jams.

In West Africa most countries have plenty scooters on urban roads, a major way to overcome rush hour transport blues. Even those on the lower rungs of society can buy a low cost scooter for that essential school run and a dash to the local shops for bread and other smalls.

Cars may be better but how many can afford them? Also, scooters can cover long distances on one litre of fuel.

As for the rickshaws, I shall not speak, all one needs is a good and filling meal to see you off. I urge importers to seriously consider bringing in scooters and rickshaws  to ease the transport nightmare.

In rural Zimbabwe many farmers are now on 'metal horses', blasting their way from one hectare to the farmhouse or village and back.

In tobacco growing areas like Chiweshe in Mash Central, motorbikes are common sight.

Currently the bikes are selling at exorbitant prices, the ideal stock would be low cost scooters and the relevant supporting spares outlets. Most commuters, I can bet my last avocado, would switch onto motors bikes just to avoid abuse at the hands of some uncouth kombi crews.

Thomas Murisa. Harare.

Source - Thomas Murisa, Harare
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