It’s not for the faint of heart - Bike taxis to the rescue in Gordon Town

November 13, 2020
One of the bike taxi operators navigates the tricky breakaway.
Cean Segred has resorted to transporting persons on his motor bike across the breakaway to Gordon Town and other surrounding communities.

Due to a collapsed roadway in Gordon Town, St Andrew, bike taxis are now in demand, as residents are challenged by what seems to be only a metre of road remaining.

For the most part, they have adapted to the situation. But as I went across on the back of a bike, nerves skyrocketed at the thought of falling over. A little too far to the right and 'it done fi we', I thought.

But for a man like Cean Segred, who has been using the road multiple times daily for almost a week, it's as easy as a Sunday morning.

"The people dem a come wid dem goods. Is about 10 trip me make already and me nuh plan fi stop no time soon. As long as people out here, di work deh-deh. We carry dem cross and let dem off, and dem take something else and go to next point again," the 29-year-old told THE WEEKEND STAR.

No hesitation

And I realised that with no hesitation, he was ready for another trip. I wondered how, because standing back and looking at the pieces of the road that collapsed because of the rains from Tropical Storm Eta, I felt as though I was bound to fall over. After seeing pictures online, actually being on the scene is a totally different experience.

"Fi charge the people dem now, it depends pon how far we a go. You have people a go Gordon Town, Mavis Bank and dem place deh. If we a carry them with load, we charge all a $350," Segred said.

Desmond Johnson, 50, a Mavis Bank resident, stood waiting in the sun for a biker to return and take his goods across.

"I do delivery work, so I buy goods in Papine and deliver to the people in my community and shopkeepers. I have a lot of goods to go across, so the bike men have to make several trips. But me will just work wid them and give them a flat rate ... so I will give them a $3000 fi bring cross everything for me," Johnson said. "Before this, I could just take my goods and walk go cross or I drive because I have a Hiace bus. It rough. But at the same time, the youth dem have to eat so we a fi do weh we a fi do. We caa kill dem."

Marva Robinson revealed that she has spent approximately $2,000 for one day's travel.

"This morning, coming down from Davis Hill, I paid $500 on a bike to get to Bryan Ridge. Then to get to Mavis Bank, I took another bus for $200. I take another one to Papine for $100 and coming back, it's the same. All of this jus to get some likkle goods fi me shop," Robinson said. That's about $4,000 a week, as she travels about two times a week.

"It's very hard because right now, the money nuh deh. We a struggle. We need some help. We have to pay for our goods because they charge for the goods different," she said.

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