New York’s Pedicab Wars

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New York’s Pedicab Wars

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As I wrestle to get my home-built pedicab legal for passengers in my fair metropolis of Austin, Texas (more on that in a later post), this article reminds me that I could have it significantly worse.

My favorite part:

Council Speaker Christine Quinn makes a face. “No way. I would never get into one of those things,” she says. Any problems with the law can be fixed when it comes up for renewal in two years, she suggests. As for the pedicabs’ environmental benefits, she is skeptical. “Human-powered vehicles are never going to be the answer.”

For now at least, Austin seems to have it a bit better. Here’s hoping it lasts long enough for me to get my DIY creation street legal!

4 thoughts on “New York’s Pedicab Wars

  1. Jack of Most Trades says:

    Pedi-cabs in NYC and Austin are supposed to be a Good Thing, yet I’ve read several articles lately about how in Asia these and rickshaws are “demeaning” and “inhumane” to the driver/motor?

    I guess it all depends on whether or not the power source is an over-worked, under-fed Asian or a typical never-missed-a-meal American Hipster…

    “Human-powered vehicles are never going to be the answer.”
    No, they’re not, not as long as you keep ignoring the question.

  2. not important says:

    Aren’t those photos from Barcelona instead of NYC?

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