Story By: Jonathan Macias, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
Video Credit: CEN
This is the moment a rickshaw driver and two bikers escape almost unscathed after being sent flying when the cabbie turns straight into the path of an oncoming motorbike.
The incident was filmed on Street 161 in the central Colombian capital Bogota and later posted on social media.
In the CCTV footage, the blue rickshaw is seen driving along the road and then suddenly turning left.
Pictures Credit: CEN
In that moment, a fast-moving motorbike with two riders approaches and the rickshaw turns into its path.
Both vehicles collide and the two bikers and rickshaw driver are sent flying through the air.
The motorcyclist gets to his feet quickly and checks on his motionless companion as the rickshaw cabbie rolls around in pain.
At the end of the footage, a group of bystanders is seen approaching the accident scene to help.
Luckily all three only sustained minor injuries, according to local media.
The director of the Mobility Observatory at the National University of Colombia (UNAL), Jose Stalin Rojas, told local media: “The companies that operate rickshaws are mafias.”
“Both drivers and passengers on these vehicles are unprotected because of a lack of regulation, plus the overall design of rickshaws is not safe.”
According to the Local Secretary of Mobility, current regulation only allows for non-motorised rickshaws or those that use an electric auxiliary motor for assisted cycling at speeds that do not exceed 25 kph (16mph).
There were 3,054 rickshaws operating in Bogota in 2013, according to UNAL, and the official number is believed to be much higher today.
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