Using motorcycles and rickshaws as public transportation is something that is not very common in much of the world, as there are better and safer ways to get around. However, in some places in the world, primarily in Asia, there is a thriving motorcycle and Rickshaw industry which many people use on a daily basis for public transportation. In Western countries, there is actually a growing hybrid of the motorcycle and rickshaw called the pedicab, in which bicyclists bike around people who ride in the back within a small area. There is also a growing industry of Tuk Tuks, which were popularized in Thailand, where a motorcycle is connected to a carriage and passengers are transported in that way. Below are the pros and cons of motorcycles and rickshaws as public transportation, taking into account these new versions as well.
Pros of Motorcycles and Rickshaws as Public Transportation
These vehicles use roads like taxis and buses, but are much smaller, meaning they can weave through traffic and won’t suffer from being stuck in it nearly as much, which makes them very efficient for getting around town at any time of the day. They are also open air, which is nice in many environments, making you feel like you are outside when you are travelling rather than being cooped up in a bus or buried in a subway tunnel underground. These forms of transport are also very cheap and quick, as there is very little overhead for the operators.
Cons of Motorcycles and Rickshaws as Public Transportation
Motorcycles and rickshaws and the other types of public transport like them are very small, which is bad in the sense that if you are in an accident, it probably means injury for everyone, if not death. So they are not safe, to say the least. They can be very noisy as well, so no talking can be done in most cases. However, beyond those two things, which may dissuade some people from using them, there are few other downsides.