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    Default Pedicab history in New York City

    The pedicab business in NYC started around 1998. It was growing really fast due to the sightseeing opportunities New York City had to offer. Pretty much all the highlights are situated at Manhattan and there was a huge demand for an enjoyable way of transportation. When pedicabs hit the streets people just loved it. They discovered the advantages of the pedicab trips and sightseeing has been never the same ever since.
    Now more than 1000 people annually work as bicycle rickshaw, or pedicab, drivers, who in 2005 handled one million passengers. The City Council voted twice, including an override of Mayor Bloomberg's veto due to the market cap, in 2007 to license pedicab owners and drivers and allow only 325 pedicab licenses.Neither the limit on pedicabs nor the law itself went into effect due to a successful NYC Pedicab Owners' Association lawsuit over permit issuance.Ultimately, 943 pedicab business owners permits were issued in November 2009 after a second law was passed to address shortcomings of the 2007 law.Today, pedicabs meet market demand in midtown for both ecological transport as well as quick trips within the central business district during afternoon rush hours when motor traffic moves cross town at an average speed of 4.5 miles per hour.
    We are a tour operator located in Manhattan NYC. BikeToursCentralPark.com provides bicycle and pedicab Central park tours.

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