Pedicabs are a great energy solution

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I was thrilled to read the article on pedicabs by Stephanie Toone ("Bikes soon could hit streets as taxis," June 25).

People who do not have cars are handicapped, and have to depend upon either taxis or public buses when they have to go out. Pedicabs, popularly called rickshaws, are most common and cheap transport facilities for them.

We have a public bus system in Augusta, but very few people take advantage. Cities such as Savannah, Charleston and Athens have pedicab facilities, and Augusta should have it, too, and not just for downtown, but anywhere people want to go.

In Asian countries, pedicabs or rickshaws are very common means of transport. Very few big cities have public transport systems, while other cities and towns people depend upon cheap and common transport facilities such as rickshaws. They can go anywhere at a very low cost. It can accommodate up to three people. The transport charges are decided by the government, depending upon the distance.

In present days of the rising cost of gas, these will be economical transportation within the city.

Champak C. Patel, Martinez

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/03/08 - 02:51 am
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About three trips from The

About three trips from The Red Lion to ASU should just about use up a pedicab driver. Of course, downtown is a different story.

40something
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40something 07/03/08 - 08:06 am
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Once the government starts

Once the government starts deciding on the charges, this will disappear. Government should not decide what to charge. That should be up to the business owner.

twilahzone
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twilahzone 07/03/08 - 08:54 am
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Good idea!

Good idea!

DuhJudge
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DuhJudge 07/03/08 - 01:29 pm
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Gas is $3.999 a gallon today.

Gas is $3.999 a gallon today. Your car gets 20 miles to the gallon. That is 20 cents per mile. Now if Wan is pedalling you through Beijing for 20 cents per mile, maybe. But, if you think you can get Demetrius or James or Pedro to pedal you around Augusta for 20 cents a mile, you have lost your ever loving mind. It is "novelty" transportation, not less costly, not better, just different.

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Little Lamb 07/03/08 - 02:22 pm
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Mr. Patel's idea had me on

Mr. Patel's idea had me on board until I got to the next to last sentence. These pedicab operators do not need a government to set the charges. It should be a market decision between cabby and rider. Mr. Patel, sadly, has brought his statism with him to the U.S. He's right at home, however, with the majority.

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