What Is A Pedicab?

A Pedicab, also known as a "bicycle rickshaw", is a tricycle shuttle service or taxi. They were developed in Japan around 1870 and then spread to surrounding nations such as China and India. The early Japanese rickshaws were actually hand pulled and the concept of a pedal rickshaw did not develop until years later. 

They are very popular tourist attractions in many U.S cities including DC, New York, and Ft. Lauderdale today. Many Pedicab drivers give tours as part of their service hitting many of a particular city's major landmarks.
Pedicabs have taken stronger routes in many other nations especially those in Southeast Asia and Australia with over one million Pedicab drivers in Asia alone. In many of the world's nations Pedicabs have been more than for just tourism. They serve as a major mode of 'sustainable' urban transportation relying on just the pedal of the driver's legs. They are especially widespread in developing countries. "In Dhaka, Bangledesh, rickshaws are the preferred mode for non-walk trips and have a higher mode share than cars or buses." (http://eprints.qut.edu.au/32360/

Some Pedicabs are electric powered, or possess that potential, in order to give driver's legs a rest on busy days. However, this type of cab has been banned in New York City and they also now limit the number of pedicab drivers the city's allowed to have. Although, there are currently around 1000 pedicabs in New York City. The U.S and many nations around the world are attempting to provide adequate regulations for Pedicab drivers and to effectively define their role in transportation infrastructure. Integration and regulation in the current system are some of the struggles facing Pedicabs in modern society.