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The Rickshaw: An Oldschool Alternative to the Automobile

February 2, 2009

Antique Rickshaw

The rickshaw, which is sometimes known as the pedicab, is an old fashioned means of transportation that, like the bicycle, uses human power to move people about. It has been popular in Asia for a long time, but it never really caught on here. It’s basically a two-wheeled cart pulled by a driver. Some rickshaws require the driver to walk or run, while others are attached to bicycles.

The rickshaw is an ancient means of transportation, having been used in Japan since the late 1800s. By the end of the 19th century, there were almost 50,000 rickshaws operating in Japan. Their popularity then spread to India, Bangladesh, and China. 

There is an organization in Savannah, GA, called Savannah Pedicab that uses bicycle-powered rickshaws to transport people around the historic district of Savannah. You can hire one as a taxi, or you can hire one for a tour of the area. The great thing about Savannah Pedicab is it doesn’t charge a set fee for its taxi service. They let the rider choose how much to pay by tipping the driver a fair fare. It does, however, charge a set rate for its tour service.  Rickshaws are an ideal, pollution-free transportation alternative to the automobile. 

One Comment
  1. July 1, 2010 7:35 pm

    Those pedicab drivers in Savannah must be absolutely incredibly fit!!

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