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    Hi, I'm looking for a Bike taxi, maximum width 1 metre. Anyone know where to find them? I think only the French ones are this wide? Thanks

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    I think the veloform city cruiser is the closest decent cab you are going to find at 1.1m width. They can only take 2 people and from an economical point of view you want to take 3. Another company could easily put you out of business by buying a fleet of pedicabs that does fit 3. Also the wider axle width does give the pedicab much better stability.

    I did see some weird looking wooden cabs in Adelaide that looked quite skinny have a look here http://www.eco-caddy.com/advertising-copy/

    I'm guessing you need to fit through some bollards that have been kindly erected by your city council around the tourist area?

    Good luck with your adventure

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    Quote Originally Posted by TikkiTikki View Post
    I think the veloform city cruiser is the closest decent cab you are going to find at 1.1m width. They can only take 2 people and from an economical point of view you want to take 3. Another company could easily put you out of business by buying a fleet of pedicabs that does fit 3. Also the wider axle width does give the pedicab much better stability.

    I did see some weird looking wooden cabs in Adelaide that looked quite skinny have a look here http://www.eco-caddy.com/advertising-copy/

    I'm guessing you need to fit through some bollards that have been kindly erected by your city council around the tourist area?

    Good luck with your adventure
    Thx for your answer.It has more to do with insurance.If your wider then 1m in Belgium,then they see you as a 'vehicule'...

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    Hey Belgium Guy,

    You're welcome. When I first set out in the pedicab industry I too faced many challenges regarding insurance. What I found along the way, is that you should talk to the insurance company and ask them to do a bit of research into pedicabs. Pedicabs are not classed as vehicles unless you are breaking the EU motor regulations of 250W.

    Last time I renewed my insurance here in Canada, I got an awesome deal because pedicabs are by and large very safe, and there are lots of companies now doing it in N.America. Sure the industry is much bigger in the USA than in Europe, but the insurance companies do talk to each other.

    Your insurance company is maybe 'pulling your leg', or has not bothered to do their homework. Try a different insurance company, one who advertises for 'outdoor sports' or 'specialist kayaking'. If you really ask them to look into it, I guarantee you will find that you have the same laws as the rest of Europe - you even make the laws there in Belgium no? You just have to find an insurance company willing to do the research.

    Did you talk to these guys www.frickshaw.org judging by their photos they are using terrible Indian style rickshaws which are totally unsuitable for Western pedicab operations but they may offer you a lead. Also neighbouring Amsterdam's pedicab scene is booming as is London's and there are quite a few in Paris. Show your City hall some photos of other pedicab scenes and ask them to license you. If you get the license - you will have a legitimate business operation, and you will be seen as an authority in your industry. You can even draft out the licensing system for them - you can see ours for pedicabs in Vancouver here.

    Also found these guys doing pedicabs in Namur using the Cyclopolitain but I am not a big fan of that pedicab design - you have to be certain that your business will run on advertising revenue or tours (better for hot climates) rather than late night bar runs, as this kind of bike is not good for that - the driver is low to the ground and the plastic body makes it very heavy. Where it is colder, the pedicab industry makes money from weekend party people.


    Good luck with your operation, why not take a trip to Paris and work on a few bikes for a weekend - see how the pedicabs work best.
    Last edited by TikkiTikki; 07-03-2017 at 23:18.

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