Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Cambodia's cyclo is on the decline

Cambodia's iconic cyclo – a pedal-powered taxi – is on the decline. The cyclo's pedigree stretches back 70 years to a time when Cambodia was part of French Indochina.

The cyclo is a three-wheeled bicycle taxi. The driver pedals away on a seat placed above the rear wheel, while the passengers sit in front of him in a cushioned bucket seat slung between the two front wheels.

Before motorbikes and then four-wheel drives took over the streets of Phnom Penh, the cyclo was the way to get around. But not any more.

Im Sambath heads the Cyclo Conservation and Career Association, a membership body set up to help Phnom Penh's cyclo drivers by providing some health education, as well as a place for them to wash up each day.

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