Do you ride scooter/motorbike in Phnom Penh?

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Do you ride scooter/motorbike in Phnom Penh?

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Hi guys!
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?

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Nope. And in my mind, with PassApp, there's no need.
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It's ok to ride in PP... until you lose a leg or arm in an accident :-) Was is worth the risk ? Not in my opinion...
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I ride a bike (bicycle) and a car. Bike mostly during daytime, car when it's dark. The bike is slower and higher than a moto and way safer, I'd never ride a moto here.
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oopsfermi wrote: Fri Oct 26, 2018 11:49 pm Nope. And in my mind, with PassApp, there's no need.
Sorry but what s PassApp?
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I dont normally ride a motorbike anywhere in Cambodia. There is far too much stupidity on the roads, and the chance of having an accident is far too great.

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.
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It s curious. In my mind bicycle is more dangerous because of the difference of the speed and more vulnerable.
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!!!
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Kinetic wrote: Sat Oct 27, 2018 2:40 am It s curious. In my mind bicycle is more dangerous because of the difference of the speed and more vulnerable.
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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I rode a moto for nearly ten years in Phnom Penh, all over Cambodia and in the Mekong Delta. Never even had a close call and drove drunk every night. Defensive driving is required of course just as in a car.
But a 50cc scooter is madness, no power to get out of dangerous situations.
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Riding a moto in PP is fine. Just keep your wits about you and treat every other road user as blind, drunk and in a world of their own.
Driving at night requires extra vigilance given the propensity of road users to drive without lights and at greater speeds.
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