The New York Times reports that scooter usage in Baghdad is on the rise. The ideal solution to the city’s increasingly gridlocked traffic, scooters also attract less attention from the US military and insurgents alike. >Because they’re less likely to be carrying explosives and, unlike in a car, the rider’s entire body is unhidden, bike riders are being detained less often at military checkpoints. They also have an easier time negotiating barrier-obstructed and rubble-strewn streets.
Most of the new scooters are being imported from China, and as a result, are very cheap. An added benefit scooters carry over cars is that they don’t signify wealth, making their riders less likely to become victims of robberies and kidnappings.