Changing Planet

Running a business off the back of a bicycle

By Boyd Matson

The bicycle is the primary form of mechanized transportation in many parts of the world. And it’s not just for hauling people. In places like Vietnam the bicycle also doubles as the pick-up truck.

A significant number of small businesses are built around thew ownership of a single bicycle.

Watch my video report about the many ways the bicycle and motorbike are used to support business in Vietnam. How many goods can be loaded on to single two-wheel mode of transportation? Vietnamese entrepreneurs seem to have a national competition to see who can pile on the most.

Boyd Matson is the host of the radio show National Geographic Weekend. Visit the show’s website to find out more about how to listen to the story about meeting the transportation needs for most of the world’s population, the people for whom even owning a motorbike is out of the question.

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Forty years in U.S., UK, and South African media gives David Braun global perspective and experience across multiple storytelling platforms. His coverage of science, nature, politics, and technology has been published/broadcast by the BBC, CNN, NPR, AP, UPI, National Geographic, TechWeb, De Telegraaf, Travel World, and Argus South African Newspapers. He has published two books and won several journalism awards. He has 120,000 followers on social media. David Braun edits the National Geographic Society blog, hosting a global discussion on issues resonating with the Society's mission and initiatives. He also directs the Society side of the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, awarded to Americans seeking the opportunity to spend nine months abroad, engaging local communities and sharing stories from the field with a global audience. Follow David on Facebook  Twitter  LinkedIn

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