Sort of just in time for the now-averted TTC strike, Torontonians will finally have the opportunity to further indulge in a mode of transporation that was once reserved almost exclusively for camera-laden tourists and decadent—or at least, unhurried—commuters in pretty much every major city in the world. The incentive this time, however, is that it’s free.
Starting May 1, sore-legged saunterers will be able to hail a pedi-cab (also acceptable are “pedal-cab,” “bugbug,” or “trishaw”) throughout the downtown core. EcoCabs will be providing the free service to Torontonians and tourists alike, with funding being provided by what will surely be subdued and unobtrusive advertising on the vehicle itself. The Star reports that the cabs will be able to accommodate two or three passengers and will be equipped with a rechargeable electric battery for those long uphill grinds, or perhaps for just when the driver just feels like doggin’ it.
The Star also pointed out that the free service likely won’t go over well with the notoriously cutthroat (not really) cadre of local rickshaw drivers (most of whom are merely in it for the money and—let’s face it—glamour). It can’t hurt, however, to have a new resource available for those environmentally conscious travellers who are willing to put up with a bit of B.O. so the earth doesn’t have to deal the extra CO2.
Photo of a pedi-cab in Denmark (Toronto’s will be similar) by Marc Lostracco.