Hotel advice to tourists wishing to cross a busy street in Hanoi, Vietnam: Be relaxed and self-confident. Look two ways or make eye contact with drivers. Walk slowly with purpose. Never step back.
According to a September 2012 article in The New York Times, “a decade or so of capitalist fervor has transformed Hanoi’s once-quiet, tree lined boulevards and side streets into rivers of rubber and steel.” According to the same article, there are nearly 4 million registered motorcycles and scooters in the city; add plain old human-powered bicycles and it “makes a Hells Angels gathering seem polite and orderly.”
Photographer Debora Machado photographed the motoring multitude in February 2014.