The cyclo travels west
Found at Marketallica, the Cyclopolitain cyclos of France is another example of the French taking an Indian concept and making it their own.
As mentioned at this blog, Indians may balk at the Reva, a microcar from their country, but the French ﬁnd favour with it. And now, another Indian concept—that of the autorickshaw—has been adapted by the French, who not only believe it to be ecologically sound, but an opportunity to advertise. (Perhaps I should mention, out of cultural pride, that it was probably the Chinese who came up with the original rickshaw idea.)
There is a major difference beyond the design: a tiny electric motor helps propel the Cyclopolitain cyclo—a name, incidentally, used in Cambodia and Vietnam. The cost of taking one, according to the company, is similar to that of a bus—though you can get dropped off as though you were taking a taxi. Ideal for the crowded cities of today, as we in the west look enviously toward the bicycle-driven cultures of Asia. They, meanwhile, look toward the motorized and smoggy landscapes of the occident.
The grass always seems greener elsewhere, but I personally think Cyclopolitain has the right idea. Posted by Jack Yan, 09:38
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