In Siem Reap I was like "Hehe, it's easy to ride". In Sihanoukvile " I'm the king on the road!!" with my 50cc scooter... But in Phnom Penh it's another story. I was afraid to rent a scooter because the traffic is dense and anarchic. I took the tuktuk for the whole week and 2 times I saw a car hitting a scooter.
Do you ride in Phnom Penh? And in both case, why?
I ride a bicycle for everyday transport. Bicycles are safer than motorbikes, as they are normally slower. As they are lighter, they are much less likely to cause injury if an accident did occur.
When I travel from town to town, I take the bicycle on the back of a minivan.
I saw 16 years old schoolgirl rinding slowly a small scooter and I was “damn if she can do I can too”. But I don t because I don t have balls, grrrrrrrrr!!!
The safest thing is not to come to Cambodia at all.
There are certain situations where you could be injured on a bicycle. For example, if you were hit by a vehicle traveling at high speed. Even then, If I was hit from the front or behind by a car, I would probably go over the bonnet/hood, as I am up higher.
Bicycles get hit less often than motorbikes, because they travel slower and are more predictable. Speed is a factor in many accidents.
On a bicycle you can normally stop when someone does something stupid in in front of you.
Bicycles are less likely to cause injury because they normally go slower and are lighter. I saw one accident where a motorbike was hit in the side by another motorbike. I think there were only minor injuries. They occurred to the leg that was under the motorbike when it went over.
You are not very likely to cause injury to another person with a bicycle.
Whatever you ride or drive, you need to keep your wits about you and be careful. For example, I give way at some intersections where Cambodians would push in front. I minimize my riding on narrow busy roads.
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But a 50cc scooter is madness, no power to get out of dangerous situations.
Driving at night requires extra vigilance given the propensity of road users to drive without lights and at greater speeds.
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