City Council to Vote on Bill Setting Pedicab Rates

Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012  |  Updated 1:25 PM EDT
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City Council to Vote on Bill Setting Pedicab Rates

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The City Council is scheduled to vote on a bill that would simplify the pricing system for pedicabs.

The legislation being considered Tuesday would require operators of the three-wheeled cycles that can carry three passengers to charge a per-minute rate. That rate would have to be printed on the side of the pedicab.

Operators can now charge what they like, and the prices can be based on confusing formulas. A Texas family was charged $442 for a 14-block ride during the summer.

Pedicabs were introduced to New York City in the 1990s as a cheaper alternative to the horse-drawn carriages that operate some of the same routes around Central Park and midtown Manhattan. They have become increasingly popular ever since.

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