Photos: Babies on Bikes in Hanoi

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Travel Photos: Babes on Bikes in Hanoi

Call me crazy, but I can sit and watch traffic in Asia for hours. I’m fascinated by the way entire families manage to squeeze onto a single scooter and navigate the crowded streets day after day. Coming from a land of child-safety seats and seat belt laws, I never get used to seeing tiny children piled onto a bike.

 

Travel Photos: Babes on Bikes in Hanoi

 

Travel Photos: Babes on Bikes in Hanoi

 

Travel Photos: Babes on Bikes in Hanoi

 

Travel Photos: Babes on Bikes in Hanoi

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Natalka July 24, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Interesting that the children are not wearing helmets but the adults are….I thought they passed a law last year…. Get any pics of them carrying plywood sheets on their heads while on the bikes?

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wes July 24, 2010 at 1:32 pm

I think, like most laws here, it isn’t really enforced. Most seem to have helmets once they’re older than 5 or 6. Haven’t seen any plywood lately, but just watched two guys ride by with a huge sheet of plate glass :)

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Jen July 24, 2010 at 2:07 pm

I wish I could say I’ve never seen that but I have. Terrifies me. What happens when there’s little kid brain splattered all over the pavement? Last week I saw a little girl on the back of a motorcycle helmetless and with lots of expose skin…no armor, nothing. Oh but you better believe daddy had all his protective stuff on…maybe this just really bothers me because it’s my job to collect brain off pavement and scattered body parts to be reattached. Shrug

Great pictures though

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Dan - Voyagner July 24, 2010 at 3:33 pm

None of the helmets are really adequate, the woman’s in the last photo is a perfect example, those things bend with a squeeze of the hands so you can imagine how useful they are in an accident. Thing is they know the risk better than any of us from afar, you can be sure every one of them have seen the results off accidents. The helmets are there to protect them from a fine, not an accident. I think they are just resigned to the fact that proper helmet or not there is a good chance that even if they survive their life is as good as over. Sad they resign their kids to the same fate though.

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wes July 24, 2010 at 6:13 pm

I agree, the helmets are completely useless. I saw a guy in Saigon with a helmet carved out of Styrofoam and painted with spray paint. As for the risks of riding with children, I don’t think we should be too hard on them: they really don’t have a choice. Cars are too expensive and bicycles aren’t any safer, in my opinion.

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Jen July 25, 2010 at 4:14 am

You’re right, there’s a socioeconomic factor to be considered; I’m not sure if this is true for Dan’s comment, but mine was more a reaction to what I’ve seen here, where bikes are a luxury and helmets aren’t made of styrofoam… and styrofoam/bendy helmets? Really?

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Melodie July 24, 2010 at 11:33 pm

Being a woman of a certain age I can remember when no one used seat belts, helmets weren’t mandatory, and it was ok to pile a bunch of kids in the back of a pick up truck with nothing holding them in.

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Vincent July 25, 2010 at 2:07 am

Refreshing to see that Safety isn’t always Above Everything Else all the time! Risk taking is an integral part of life :-) An Adult doesn’t even have the freedom to ride a bicycle without a helmet anymore in some parts of our “great” western nations…

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Eli July 25, 2010 at 3:40 am

I like the kid holding on for dear life with one hand while clinging on to a soda with the other. Had to smile at that one. It’s definitely a culture thing. I’d be interested to see statistics on how often children get hurt on motorbikes.

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wes July 25, 2010 at 7:02 am

Yeah, I really like the little boy reading a book, too. Notice that in the third photo I managed to blurrily capture the rather rare ’5 people on one bike’.

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London Cycle Hire November 8, 2013 at 2:21 pm

I am also impressed by the way families manage to squeeze on a single scooter in asia.These are the pictures from Hanoi but if you come to India then you will see the same type of conditions. All middle class families manage to sit on a single bike along with their babies. Its really surprising for me because it’s not safe to travel on bikes with kids or babies as it is very difficult for mother’s to hold babies on bikes. It is ncessary for both bike rider and back seater to wear helmets for safety. If you don’t wear helmets while riding bikes then traffic police will catch you.
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