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March 04, 2006

Bicycle taxis thrive on streets of New York; city considers crackdown

Transportation Officials Consider Inspections, Fees and Insurance for Pedicabs:

"NEW YORK -- The bicycle taxi trend is weaving its way through the clogged streets of midtown Manhattan, a movement growing so rapidly that the city is proposing regulations before it spins out of control."

I agree that there should be some sort of safety certification and inspections for these pedicab operators, but I am not sure that I agree with proposals to regulate them financially. What better way to encourage less crowded streets than to encourage human powered transport? Putting a financial burden on people who are providing such a working benefit to the city seems foolish. If the city is so concerned about safety, maybe they could create some sort of insurance fund for all pedestrians in the city. They should use transportation monies for this effort. The burden on our city streets are cars, trucks and buses... not bicycles, pedestrians and pedicabs.

A tip of the hat to Newsday.com for this story.

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Posted by capecodcyclist at March 4, 2006 06:04 AM

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