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The cyclo travels west 

CycloFound at Marketallica, the Cyclopolitain cyclos of is another example of the taking an concept and making it their own.
   As mentioned at this blog, Indians may balk at the , 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 sound, but an opportunity to . (Perhaps I should mention, out of cultural pride, that it was probably the Chinese who came up with the original idea.)
   There is a major difference beyond the : a tiny electric motor helps propel the Cyclopolitain —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 . 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.
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Of course the French like it. 'nuff said.

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