Essays & Images on Cities, Travel and Contemporary Culture. A web journal of James A. Clapp, Ph.D., an UrbisMedia Ltd. Production

CQQ-No.010: Getting Around Town

What kind of a human being would have another human being pull him around town? ©2004 UrbisMedia

What kind of a human being would have another human being pull him around town? ©2004 UrbisMedia

In London of the 18 th Century a person of means might have made his or her way across town in a sedan chair , an enclosed little cabin on horizontal poles powered by a man at the front and another at the rear. Wealthy Venetians had their own private gondolasto get about town. The less expensive and more “public” transit of today is highly varied, from buses to Hong Kong’s “world’s longest escalator.” Most cities have trains, trolleys and trams, in addition a host of forms of colorfully-named individualized transit, such as Java’s “becak” and Bangkok’s “dragon boats,” which are peculiar to local customs, conditions and ingenuity.

While many large cities have a variety of means of transit, below are a score of modes of local urban conveyance strongly associated with the cities on the right. See how many you can match. Note: some vehicles might be found in more than one city, so select the most appropriate choice.

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