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As the RTA contemplates on giving us the 250kph Superbus and Qatar test runs a public bike sharing system, Kipp looks at the most vehicles that have become an integral part of our urban jungle.

April 12, 2011 4:55 by

Everything in between

Kipp recognises that there’s a lot more different modes of public transportation. And here’s a few of our quirky favourites.

The aerial tramway or cable car, uses one or two stationary ropes for support while a third moving rope provides propulsion. Kipp likes to way it swings in heavy wind and the possibility of a flat drop or becoming a large snowball every time we get on one.

From Africa, comes the Boda-boda. It’s a bicycle taxi that got its name from the English “border-border”). Originally used to cross the Kenyan-Ugandan border, the name originated from a need to transport people between the border posts without the paperwork involved with using motor vehicles crossing the international border.

While Kipp cares not for the ‘human-powered’ rickshaws, we do appreciate the auto rickshaws of today. These three-wheelers or also lovingly called the tuk-tuk or bajaj or even baby taxi and are popular around the world, from India and Mexico to Gambia and Italy.

Auto rickshaws have a top-speed of around 50 km/h (about 31 mph) and a cruising speed of around 35 km/h (22 mph), much slower than the automobiles they share the road with. Traffic authorities in big cities try to implement mechanisms to reduce the resulting traffic slowing, but none have proven effective.

Jeepneys are the most popular means of public transportation in the Philippines. Originally made from US military jeeps left over from WWII, Jeepneys are known for their flamboyant decoration and crowded seating and have become a symbol of Philippine culture. The word Jeepney is a portmanteau of

‘Jeep’ and ‘jitney’.


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1 Comment

  1. MK on April 13, 2011 11:33 am

    It’s been almost three years since I’ve sold my car…I’ve been relying mostly on car pool and public transport (mainly taxi&metro) and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made.
    For those people who’re skeptical about the public transport in the UAE, particulary in Dubai, I suggest they give it a try for a week, before raising their eyebrows!
    We all know that we could do with fewer cars on the roads.


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