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Until recent decades, bicycles were the only transportation option for many in Vietnam. (Photo by Dominic Faulder)
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What the 'bicycle index' says about a country

When cycling goes from necessity to choice, it represents a major sociological shift


You are what you drive -- the car advertisement claims. That is not true in Thailand, where you are what you ride. Bicycles have become the nation's most unexpected status symbols.

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