…I’m going to Katmandu.
In the meantime, however, I’ll share these pictures that Carson City’s Anne Macquarie took on her recent visit to Nepal.
Here are pictures of alternative transportation and bike business opportunities in Kathmandu. Actually, walking is the principal method of transport, motorcycles second, then cars, then bikes. Cars creep slowly through pedestrian-clogged streets.
When I was there 25 years ago, big, clunky black Chinese-made bikes were in common use, but when the recent 10-year-long Maoist insurgency in the countryside caused many to flee their villages to live in Kathmandu, the city itself and the Kathmandu Valley in general exploded in population, clogging the streets. At the same time, motorcycles became available, and people switched from bicycles to motorcycles, leaving only the few hardy cyclists like those pictured. Bicycle rickshaws are still in common use though. Rickshaw-wallahs have a hard life, usually living only a few years or months past the time when they finally pay off the loan they got to buy the rickshaw.
I’ve always thought it’d be cool to have a bicycle based business, but after reading this, I’m not sure I’d want to setup shop in Kathmandu! I will have to pick a different business venture, should I ever get out of here.
Thanks for the fascinating pictures and words, Anne!