Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 2011.
“New York has its yellow cab. London has its red bus. But Phnom Penh has its cycle” (Khmer Star News).
For over 70 years cyclo’s driver were the icon transport of the cambodian capital, stretching back to the days when Cambodia was a French colony.
In the late 90’s cycles were about 9000 on the streets of Phnom Penh.
Today they are less than 400, the number is set to fall further in coming years; among the causes of the disappearance, the increasing number of of tuk-tuk and motodope – a motorized rickshaw and small motorbike. Cabs are slowly appearing too.
With no more than a couple of dollars of daily income, for many of them, their cycle is also their house.
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