Looking for a new way to get around Philly? Pedicabs may be coming your way soon.
Pedicabs – defined in the bill as “a pedalcycle with three or more wheels, propelled by human power, or primarily by human power with some battery-powered electrical assist, constructed and operated to transport passengers for hire” – are not legal in the city right now.
City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown’s bill was unanimously recommended for approval last week by Council’s Committee on Licenses and Inspections. The bill would regulate pedicabs by requiring approved routes and licensing for operators. They would be limited to four seats (excluding the driver).
Advocates see pedicabs as another way to reduce pollution in the city and provide a good alternative to automobiles. The bill could be approved Nov. 12 by the full Council.