The pousses pousses of Madagascar


The pousse pousse, one of the most usual Malagasy phototypes, produces the same effect as the lemurs and the baobab trees. So appreciated by tourists and natives, it serves as a means of transport in the big cities. It also owes its history and its origin of far towards the 20 th century.

Where does this means of transportation come from, and let’s see the history of the sprouts.

Inspired by the Asian rickshaw, Chinese recruited for railroad construction introduced the rickshaw. Around the 1920s, this admission was associated with colonization. Currently become a means of urban transport, it generates a work of mouth hole during the off season of the year

Talk about pousse pousse, find out how it works and how the shaping is done.

The pousse pousse is a two-wheeled vehicle, pulled by a man. Made of wooden materials and decorated with colorful patterns, it shows an emblematic aspect of the country. Pulled by men at the beginning, the rickshaws are doubled by tricycles or cycle rickshaws whose traction is a handlebar like a bicycle.
The pushcar carries passengers and goods in the busy streets of the cities. Practical especially in places difficult to access by car or on foot, it improves the conditions of some users. It can accommodate two passengers in the back. However, it is only used for short trips.
Being accessible by service, it contributes to the local economy. It also avoids pollution and noise.

Some localities are especially renowned for their sprouts.

Depending on the locality, this means of transport shows functional modification even technical.
In Antananarivo, the rickshaw works for one person. Rubber bands surround the wheels. The frame is reinforced to be able to resist more goods.
In Majunga, it comes in two versions. The folding hood and the wide wheels are designed for cargo. The passenger version shows rather with motorcycle wheels with metal spokes.
The shoots of Antsirabe and Tamatave are numerous. Two places are offered. The wheels in bicycle or motorcycle tires, allows to support the traction on the steep slopes
In Antalaha, the cycle-pushers are used for your short trip.

Why choose the pousse pousse as a means of transportation?

The pousse pousse is an economical and environmentally friendly form of transportation. It is often used by local people who cannot afford a car or motorcycle. It is also indispensable for elderly people with reduced mobility and has a good social contribution. Carrying goods, it is convenient for street vendors.
To use the shoots for carnivals, the scene is frequently offered in the region of Antsirabe. Decorated for masquerade parades through the streets of the cities, they draw a beautiful picture.
Street vendors frequently use the “pousse-pousse” to transport their goods and sell products in the city streets.
Picturesque and authentic for tourists visiting Madagascar, the “pousse-pousse” usually offers a means of transportation. These travelers can enjoy a stroll through the streets of the city while discovering the local culture.

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