Posted: Jul 11, 2011 6:28 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - For-hire pedicabs should be hitting the streets of the French Quarter in the coming months. The New Orleans City Council approved rules last week for the pedal-powered rickshaws.
The Times-Picayune reports that a lottery will be held on Aug. 12 to choose who gets the first pedicab licenses. The council voted in 2010 for a one- to two-year trial of 45 pedicabs. The city will decide whether to keep the limit at 45 or expand it to 65.
Operators are expected to concentrate in the French Quarter, Central Business District and perhaps Uptown.
The ordinance sets a basic fare of $5 per passenger for the first six blocks of a trip, plus $1 per passenger for each additional block.