Rickshaw & Velotaxi
The rickshaw is a covered, two-wheeled
cart that is pulled by people. There are two rods attached to the sides of the cart that extend
to the front. The driver holds a rod in each hand and pulls the rickshaw. Rickshaws can have one or two riders.
Only two people can ride at one time, because people - mostly men
- pull the rickshaw through the crowded streets. The word 'rickshaw' comes from the Japanese word jinrikisha which means "human-powered vehicle." Today rickshaws are mainly used in Asia.
This “Weird But Wonderful” mode of transportation was invented in Japan at the end of the 19th century, and has been used in India since 1880. Now that’s some history!
Today the rickshaw has been replaced by the more widely used velotaxi also known as a pedicab. Other names for pedicabs are trishaws, cycle rickshaws, or biketaxis. This vehicle looks like a combination between a rickshaw and a bicycle. Instead of pulling the vehicle, the driver pedals a pedicab. It has three wheels with one wheel in front under the driver and two wheels supporting the passengers. Pedicabs have different names depending on where they're located. Here are some other names for pedicabs:
Pedicabs can also be found in some cities in North America and Europe. In these places they are used around tourist attractions. The human-powered pedicab is the most common form of transportation in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
"Rickshaw." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. 20 December 2004. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rickshaw>.
"Velotaxi." Wikipedia the Free Encyclopedia. 20 December 2004. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rickshaw>.
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