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Living slowly by bicycle in Hanoi

Over the past few years, people in Hanoi have shown a renewed interest in bicycles compared to previous periods. Perhaps they have realized that the rapid growth of motorbikes has gradually diminished the desire for a “slower pace of life” for many.

Bicycles and the beauty of Hanoi

Bicycles in Hanoi, despite their ups and downs, have never disappeared; they remain a continuous presence in the consciousness and lives of the city’s residents. Old bicycles slowly carrying seasonal flowers through the streets of Hanoi are a familiar sight. Sometimes, people are so caught up in the flow of work and time that they only notice the changing seasons when they see the flower-laden bicycles, reminding them of the passage of time and evoking nostalgic memories of past seasons. Many have remarked that these flower-carrying bicycles are simple, close, and familiar, seemingly an indispensable part of Hanoi. If, for some reason, these flower-laden bicycles were to disappear from the streets, Hanoi would lose some of its tranquility and simplicity.

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living-slowly-by-bicycle-in-hanoi

In another quiet flow, there are the old bicycles ridden by laborers in faded clothes, traveling from the suburbs to the city center. They often start early in the morning and return late in the afternoon. Day after day, month after month, year after year, these diligent people move silently on their “iron horses,” barely noticeable unless you pay close attention. Seeing them reminds us of the hard lives around us and the need to appreciate what we have. Despite the sweat soaking their shirts, their faces are radiant as they pedal quickly home to their loved ones, embodying the simple, genuine beauty of working people.

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On the streets of Hanoi, one can often catch a glimpse of another beauty associated with bicycles: the Environmental Sanitation Workers. Instead of laboriously pushing heavy garbage carts or walking along the streets to sweep fallen leaves, they have been equipped with bicycles with small garbage bins attached at the back in recent years. Some people love Hanoi’s leaf-falling season, when a gust of wind blows by, leaves fall from the trees, and those on the ground are tossed up like a school of golden fish leaping. Some leaves float aimlessly, suspended in the air, as if reluctant to settle down, creating a poetic scene for Hanoi. However, they may not realize the hard work of the sanitation workers behind each leaf-falling season. With their gentle bicycles and small bins, many might feel less guilty about Hanoi’s leaf-falling season. Life flows gently and simply, just as green leaves fall when their time is up, and each small person in society does their work, contributing silently to the fabric of life.

Living Slow with Bicycles

living-slowly-by-bicycle-in-hanoi
living-slowly-by-bicycle-in-hanoi

In the outskirts, the number of cyclists is always higher compared to the inner city. Bicycles there remain a means of transportation for grandmothers shopping, mothers, and young students in elementary and middle schools. However, what is commendable is that in recent years, people in Hanoi have become more interested in bicycles than in previous periods. They may have recognized how the rapid development of motorcycles has led to the loss of many people’s desire to “live slowly.” Thus, bicycles again have their own life within modern-day Hanoi. This includes classic bicycles collected, found, or restored for the entertainment of Hanoians. Those who share a passion for classic bicycles often form groups or clubs to exchange and explore both old-fashioned and contemporary values. For enthusiasts, bicycles hold not just material but also spiritual value, brimming with memories of past times.

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living-slowly-by-bicycle-in-hanoi

Currently, Hanoi has a 4km pedestrian and bicycle lane along the To Lich River section passing through Lang Street. However, its effectiveness seems to fall short of expectations due to various factors such as motorbike encroachment and unsuitable surrounding environments. Therefore, many people hope that Hanoi will develop more dedicated bicycle lanes that are better suited. With such infrastructure in place, cycling enthusiasts and the culture of cycling would undoubtedly flourish, becoming a hallmark of a civilized city like Hanoi.

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In every era, there are stories of the past. When asked whether those who lived in Hanoi during the subsidy period would want to return to a time when bicycles thrived, with less smoke and noise, they all shook their heads. Social life continues to evolve, and Hanoi must keep pace with that development. However, a balanced development, harmonizing economy, and environment are always the aspirations of those who have lived and cherished this ancient land for thousands of years. It forms the foundation to create material and spiritual values that endure through the years for Hanoi.

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If you want to rent a bicycle, visit us at 128 Yen Hoa St, Tay Ho Dist, Hanoi. With the suggestions provided here for a tour of Hanoi, Hanoi Bike Tour hopes to offer you more options for your day trip in HanoiContact us at (+84) 918889981 or email us at contact@hanoibiketour128.com for the best-priced tours in Hanoi.

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Comments

  • Dalibor

    5 Tháng Bảy, 2024

    Hello, do you have bicycles for 8 year olds?

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    • Hanoi Bike Tour

      6 Tháng Bảy, 2024

      yes, we have bicycles for 8 year. When do you want rent?

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  • Rahul Manocha

    5 Tháng Bảy, 2024

    Your article is very helpful. Can you provide more information about the Cuc Phuong cycling program?

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    • Hanoi Bike Tour

      6 Tháng Bảy, 2024

      Hello, thank you for your interest. We have responded via email sent to you. Please reply when you receive it.

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  • Alfred Robert

    5 Tháng Bảy, 2024

    The cycling program from Mai Chau to Ninh Binh will be about how many kilometers?

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    • Hanoi Bike Tour

      6 Tháng Bảy, 2024

      Hello, thank you for your interest. We have responded via email sent to you. Please reply when you receive it.

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  • Mona

    5 Tháng Bảy, 2024

    I really enjoyed cycling at Cuc Phuong National Park. How far will we pedal there, and will the route there and back be the same?

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    • Hanoi Bike Tour

      6 Tháng Bảy, 2024

      Hello, thank you for your interest. We have responded via email sent to you. Please reply when you receive it.

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  • Daniela

    5 Tháng Bảy, 2024

    We need to rent 6 bicycles at Nam Hoa Ninh Binh Hotel.

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    • Hanoi Bike Tour

      6 Tháng Bảy, 2024

      yes, can you provide the specific height and time you want to rent

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  • Louie

    5 Tháng Bảy, 2024

    Your article has lots of useful information.

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    • Hanoi Bike Tour

      6 Tháng Bảy, 2024

      Thank you! I’m glad you found the information useful. If you have any specific questions or need more details on a particular topic, feel free to ask!

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  • Joseph

    5 Tháng Bảy, 2024

    I am very fond of the Vietnamese capital Hanoi with its culture and cuisine. My family and I plan to go to Hanoi in October 2024. We want to explore the cuisine there. Can you help us? Thank you!

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    • Hanoi Bike Tour

      6 Tháng Bảy, 2024

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  • Marvin

    5 Tháng Bảy, 2024

    I need to rent 10 bicycles at Nan’s House Tam Coc-Ninh Binh hotel.

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    • Hanoi Bike Tour

      6 Tháng Bảy, 2024

      yes, when do you want to rent? THank you!

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  • Philippe

    5 Tháng Bảy, 2024

    We need information about cycling tours in Hanoi.

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    • Hanoi Bike Tour

      6 Tháng Bảy, 2024

      Hello, thank you for your interest. We have responded via email sent to you. Please reply when you receive it.

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