Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Bandung Street Documentary #2: Pedicab Drivers

PEDICAB DRIVERS copyrights Eki Akhwan

This is my second post of Bandung Street Documentary series.

I took this photo of pedicab drivers waiting for passangers in front of Rancaekek commuter train station last week. Rancaekek is a small suburban town about 14 kilometers east of Bandung.

"Becak," the word for pedicab in Indonesian, used to be found in many parts of Bandung. By the city's regulation, now it can only operate in certain parts of the city and suburban areas.

Pedicab has many variants and different names in different parts of the world. It is called "becak" in Indonesia, "traysikad" in the Philippines, "beca" or "trishaw" in Malaysia and Singapore, "cyclo" in Vietnam and Cambodia, and "rickshaw" in the subcontinent Asia (India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh).

7 comments:

babooshka said...

I'm sure most of us will say we are familiar with the term rickshaw. I am confident in my prediction that this will never catch on in the Isle Of Man. Perfect subject again for your street sries and just had to be in mono.

Rambling Woods said...

It looks like a hard way to earn a living Eki..

Layrayski said...

Your trisikads are so graceful looking. =) Slender too.

Mo said...

These have been transported to London. A very common sight around Soho. I think they are using the term rickshaw here. I will check to be certain.

MAHMUD YUSSOP said...

I don't see any of these 'beca' as we call it here in Kuching nowadays. But I have been to Penang recently and Malacca and noticed that they are still in operation mainly in tourist district areas.

ElieR BerrioS said...

Excelent pic!!!, i hope you put a Becak color image too, i think is a very colorfull transport :)

Kelly said...

Really well captured! I love all of the detail! Your street series is very well done!