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The need for a pedicab organization in North America has been suggested, but it is yet to be organized.  The challenges to forming an organization are: finding a leader, the seasonal nature of many of the companies, the transient nature of the work force, many immediate day-to-day issues, funding the organization, and the difficulty in identifying and contacting potential members. If you would be interested contact IBF

A pedicab organization could:

  • Help other starting pedicab businesses in new locations.
  • Exchange ideas on "best practices" among members.
  • Lobby government for favorable conditions for pedicabs
  • Achieve economies of scale for such issues as getting insurance.

The benefits of pedicab operations are:

  • They are easy businesses to start and take a low level of training.
  • They generally earn people more than the minimum wage, and in some cases, much more.
  • They do offset the need for automobiles.  Sometimes a pedicab might not be able to take someone to the airport.  But, pedicabs can make mass transit more feasible in that they allow people to connect to a destination that may be a distance from the mass transit stop which is greater than the distance they care to walk.  (In Denver, we have people call us to see if they can arrange to have a pedicab meet them at bus stops.) Their use can also allow urban planners to design areas with less parking and narrower streets.

There is really the potential for millions of pedicabs serving urban areas.  While they might not make much of an impact in any one locality, the impact globally can be substantial.

In the meantime, in New York City, a locally oriented NYC Pedicab Owners' Association has formed.

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