It's often impossible to catch a cab in midtown. I think they need to add still more taxis, and then maybe there wouldn't be such demand for the pedicabs. It seems like everytime I'm standing at an intersection and someone gets in one of these things, it's because they tried unsuccessfully to hail a regular cab. I see how they fill a real need for shorter-distance rides.
Tourists seem to have fun in them as well, taking in sights as they ride along.
That said, I've also seen them swerve dangerously close to cars.
You've been a broken record about that impending doomsday.
In the meantime, we haven't seen any rash of fatalities in pedicabs.
Yet, we've heard of plenty of accidents as a result of taxicabs in that span of time.
As far as I've seen, pedicabs have a pretty good track record so far, something I can't say about yellow cabs.
I'd rather see streets congested with pedicabs and bicycles than SUV's with a single fat goomba yakking on his cell phone and ignoring every rule of the road.
Pedicabs might actually be a danger or nuisance to motor vehicles, in which case, motor vehicles ought to be more strictly controlled or be banned outright.
CITY TO ZAP 'ELECTRIC' PEDICABS
By JEREMY OLSHAN
January 22, 2007 -- The city plans to ban pedicabs that use electric motors, in a move that advocates contend will cripple the industry.
Although "electrical assist" motors do not power the bicycle rickshaws, only making it slightly easier to pedal them, the City Council has determined that pedicabs must remain purely sweat-powered vehicles, sources said.
Of the 500 pedicabs working the streets, roughly 20 percent use electrical assist, advocates say, but that number has steadily increased because the motors allow drivers to make more money and work longer.
"The electrical assist makes pedicabs safer, and it enables us to have long-term professional drivers," said Chad Marlow, spokesman for the NYC Pedicab Owners Association.
Many have complained the pedicab industry is unregulated and unsafe.
Environmentally, it might not necessarily be a bad thing to eliminate the battery-powered vehicles although I realize the City Council did not do so because of environmental concerns.
They were probably swayed by lobbyists from the taxi industry, who feared competition.
Well!... They got their wish... They will soon be LEGAL and will have to comply with the requirements of being LEGAL..Let see how many will stay in business..
I should know, it is not easy being LEGAL in this city..