Any predictions for pedicabs’ prospects for profitability?
The three-wheeled people-pullers disappeared from the city in the 1990s, according to Sunday’s AJC story, after running afoul of the already highly competitive taxi industry.
But with pedicabs now operating in Decatur and Marietta, and a prominent council member behind the effort, things could work out differently this time.
Compact and pollution-free? Yes.
Cheaper than a taxi to go just a few blocks? Almost certainly.
But, will touists or locals take to them? They certainly didn’t seem to have any use for the Circulator bus routes several years ago, despite the effort and expense MARTA went to with
buying new redesigning buses and heavily publicizing the new routes.
Horse-drawn carriages still manage to eke out some business, though. Maybe novelty is more of a draw than speed sometimes.
Has anyone lived anywhere that had a long-standing pedicab business? Ever used one? Would you?