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.

boyd-headshot.jpg

Join Boyd Matson and some of the greatest explorers on the planet for the adventure of a lifetime as National Geographic takes you to the far corners of the planet and the hidden corners of your own backyard. Spend your weekend exploring with National Geographic.

Watch Boyd Matson’s Wild Chronicles

More blog posts by Boyd Matson

Changing Planet

,

Meet the Author
More than forty years in U.S., UK, and South African media gives David Max 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. In his 22-year career at National Geographic he was VP and editor in chief of National Geographic Digital Media, and the founding editor of the National Geographic Society blog, hosting a global discussion on issues resonating with the Society's mission and initiatives. He also directed 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. A regular expert on National Geographic Expeditions, David also lectures on storytelling for impact. He has 120,000 followers on social media: Facebook  Twitter  LinkedIn