Rickshaws Make Way for Passenger Cars in Asia

World Passenger Car Fleet, 1950-2004 The trend in many countries is toward greater automobile use, often at the expense of non-motorized transport. In Asia, bicycles, rickshaws and other non-motorized means of transport are being marginalized on city streets to make room for fast-growing car fleets.

Global passenger car production grew 4.5 percent in 2004 to an estimated 44.1 million units. China is rapidly increasing its car dependency, with sales of cars and light commercial vehicles expected to reach 5 million units in 2005 and 7.3 million by 2007.

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References
"Vehicle Production Sets New Record," in Vital Signs 2005, pp. 56-57
"Bicycle Production Recovers," in Vital Signs 2005, pp. 58-59

Links
Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, http://www.itdp.org/