Why motorbikes make the most sense in Dhaka
After being stuck in the traffic for hours, who doesn't fantasize about having a motorcycle? Even luxurious car owners are guilty of staring at moving bikes in the traffic. In the capital, the average speed of traffic is only 6.4 kph. If time is money, imagine how much we lose while sitting in a traffic jam.
As for people on the run, regardless of their financial capabilities, a motorbike is most preferred because of the convenience and the easy commuting capabilities. It saves time on the road and while parking too. Even the road tolls and parking tickets are cheaper than any other transports. Public transportation can be time-consuming and quite uncomfortable. Using taxis, CNG and ride-sharing apps is expensive if you are a regular user. A motorbike is surely the best alternative.
There are, of course, a few cons of riding a motorcycle, like being exposed to heat, polluted air and road accidents. But all of these can be adapted to. Wearing appropriate clothing, a face mask, safety gears can make the experience lot better. Safe riding and following traffic rules and norms can reduce the chance of accidents to a great extent. The mentality of a rider plays an important role in determining the safety of riding. Having road rage or being an adrenaline junkie is very dangerous for the rider as well as others.
Apart from being a convenient transport, a motorcycle is also a personal choice of a lot of people, as it gives a sense of freedom and thrill. There are biker communities, where the members go on long/short tours, share a bond of brotherhood and host events and meetups, which creates a sense of belonging. There are motorcycle enthusiasts who ride and collect motorcycle simply for passion.
Lastly, riding a motorcycle is a mean of earning a livelihood for a lot of people. The ride-sharing apps and the delivery services have bought a revolutionary change in how people used to see motorcycles. It not only benefits the riders in earning money it also has created new opportunities for small scale online business owners and restaurants. You may not like motorcycles, but you can't dislike what it offers.
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