Chinese motorbikes versus bush taxis
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CTA. 2006. Chinese motorbikes versus bush taxis. Spore 123. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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In Cameroon and the forested areas of Guinea, the advent of cheap Chinese motorbikes is opening up remote villages and stimulating trade...
In Cameroon and the forested areas of Guinea, the advent of cheap Chinese motorbikes is opening up remote villages and stimulating trade. Motorbike taxis are gaining the upper hand over buses and bush taxis many of them in a sorry state of repair which usually serve the most isolated regions. Five times cheaper than their European or Japanese counterparts, these two-wheelers are opening up access to remote areas linked only by poorly maintained tracks. In Guinea, women traders from the village of Samoé are delighted to be able to reach the weekly markets so much more easily. Before, they often had to wait several hours while 40 or 50-seater buses filled up with passengers and finally set off. We no longer waste time, and it s much better for business , said one of them. Similar enthusiasm is being shown in Cameroon, near Foumban (300 km northwest of Douala). About 20 motorbikes make the journey each day between the village of Masset and Foumbot, the nearest town. These days, even during the week you can leave and get back with ease , said a young villager. Before, during the week, there was just one car which passed from time to time.