A pedicab is a bicycle that can transport someone else like a normal taxi would do.
Pedicabs are widely used means of public transport outside the Netherlands and Belgium.
Especially in countries where the local elevation of the landscape are not too big.
The implementation differs. In most cases, the passenger is sitting in a tricycle, transported under a shed, in which the driver is in front or behind the passenger, but it also occurs that simply must be seated on the luggage of a regular bike.
There are also bicycle taxis on which the seat is mounted between two bikes and versions where the chair is used as a sidecar.
The modern bicycle taxis have their origins in Berlin, Germany, where they operated since 1997.
Pedicab in the Netherlands
The use of the bicycle taxi in the Netherlands is not so large. Not as large as for example in the current Indonesia. In the Netherlands during the Second World War in The Hague and Amsterdam they used bicycle taxis because of the scarcity of parts and gasoline powered vehicles.
Mid-1941, however, the Germans forbade this form of transport, as contrary to the healthy and natural sense of morality of the North European man. For short trips, tourists and environmentally conscious people do like to use the pedicab.
Pedicab in Amsterdam
In Amsterdam in 2003 after a year of trial,pedicabs came permanently in the city. Since then Wielertaxi rides in Amsterdam. There is a second pedicab business since summer 2006: Fiets Taxi Amsterdam. From 2009, the market is released and currently there are around 95 pedicabs.
The drivers are freelancers and self-employed and require authorization as a street artist.
The pedicabs drive from 10 am to 3 to 6 o’clock at night.
They start on the Damrak, Leidseplein, Rembrandtplein, Oudezijdsvoorburgwal, Oudezijdsachterburgwal, and Nieuwmarkt and Koningsplein.
They can be hailed on the street by consumers for a ride or tour.
The disadvantage is that the bike paths in Amsterdam are not calculated on pedicabs. The pedicab are to wide for the bike path and are a lot slower than the other cyclists. Unwanted (sometimes dangerous) situations arise when other cyclists (and in practice often mopeds) will overtake the pedicab on the sidewalk or on the street.
If a bike path is completely absent holds the pedicab also motorized traffic because the pedicab is often just too wide to pass.
Pedicab in Dordrecht
Introduced shortly after the introduction of the bicycle taxis in Amsterdam is the pedicab successfully in Dordrecht. For several years, the taxis are a common sight in the city. The pedicab is available on call, or to hold on the streets. The taxi is used for shuttle rides between the center and the main railway station, or stations of the Water Bus, and then often by people with mobility problems.
- Den Haag
Pedicabs in Azia
In Asia, transport by pedicab is widely used. Indonesia has the becak, Thailand the samlor or tuk-tuk vehicle.
For this type of transport from the Far East the name rickshaw is the most widely used.