D.C. Rolling Out Regulations for Pedicabs

By WAMU 88.5
|  Wednesday, Jul 20, 2011  |  Updated 8:02 PM EDT
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D.C. Rolling Out Regulations for Pedicabs

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Pedicabs -- those bicycle-powered-rickshaws -- have been a fixture near the National Mall and other tourist hot spots for years, but D.C. Department of Transportation Director Terry Bellamy says it's time for some changes.

"In our regulations, we do recommend seatbelts," Bellamy said. "In our regulations, we do make reference to the braking systems of the pedicabs."

The change will bring D.C. regulations in line with other areas that allow pedicabs, officials said.

There fewer than 100 pedicabs operating in D.C., but tensions between pedicabs and authorities -- particularly the U.S. Park Police -- have escalated in recent weeks. Last Friday, WAMU reported a Park Police officer on the Mall used a Taser to subdue a pedicab driver.

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