Wald cargo capacity

The Schwinn has a large Wald rack on the back. It’s not cargo bike worthy, and is a bit of a hack, but it works, especially if you understand that weight needs to be loaded forward.

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You’re better off with a cargo bike, but a large Wald rack will haul lots of stuff.

American passenger in China with an inexperienced Rickshawala in 1948

There’s some interesting links out there that are Rickshaw related. Thanks to a post by Ken at PedicabForum.com for this historical link:

An interesting view of an inexperienced Rickshawala meaning well but doing wrong with an American as the passenger in 1948. “Henry paid off the police, and Fu, with tears in his eyes, said ‘Master, we must go back to hotel. I such bad driver, so filled from excitement on first job, maybe I KEEL you and me'”:
» The Deseret News – Oct 10, 1948: “Fu Involves Our Henry in 22 Traffic Accidents”

Rickshaw restrictions in Asia

Here in Boise my Rickshaw is a hobby, but in other parts of the world the Rickshaw is an important form of transportation. Something I’ve noticed in my casual looks around the web is that as countries in Asia become more developed, the Rickshaw gets the short end of the stick. The primary concern seems to be traffic flow.

We are fortunate to have bike lanes in Boise. The system is far from complete and still needs work, but I use these “Rickshaw lanes” throughout the Rickshaw Season (and on a bike as well).

Here’s a comment recently received:

Fuel Consumption and Environmental Impact of Rickshaw Bans in Dhaka

Most trips in Dhaka are short in distance, usually one to five kilometers. These trips are perfect of Rickshaws. Rickshaws are cheap and popular mode of transport over short distances. Rickshaws are safe, environmentally friendly and do not rely on fossil fuels. Rickshaws support a significant portion of the population, not only the pullers, but also their families in the villages, the mechanics who fix the rickshaws, as well as street hawkers who sell them food. From the raw materials to the finished product the Rickshaw employs some 38 different professions. Action needs to be taken to support the Rickshaw instead of further banning it in Dhaka. The combined profits of all Rickshaws out earn all other passenger transport modes (bus, rail, boats and airlines) combined. In Dhaka alone, Rickshaw pullers combine to earn 20 million taka a month.

We think that over the coming holiday of Eid du Ajah, new Rickshaw bans will be put into action on roads in Dhaka. Eid was used in the past to place new bans on roads in Dhaka. Last Eid many roads were declared Rickshaw free without public support or approval. By banning Rickshaws roads are clogged with increased private car use as well as increased parking by cars. Banning of Rickshaws on major roads increases the transportation costs for commuters. Not only due to longer trips to avoid roads with bans in effect, but also due to actually having to take more expensive forms of transport such as CNG or Taxi, where in the past a Rickshaw would suffice. The environmental impact of banning Rickshaws is obvious because it exchanges a non-motorized form of transport for a motorized form of transport, thus increasing the pollution and harming the environment. Rickshaw bans harm the most vulnerable in society, mainly the sick, poor, women, children and the elderly; generally those who can not afford or do not feel comfortable on other forms of public transport. To ban Rickshaws also hurts small businesses that rely on them as a cheap and reliable form of transporting their goods. Rickshaws are ideal for urban settings because they can transport a relatively large number of passengers while taking up a small portion of the road. In 1998 the data showed that Rickshaws took up 38% of road space while transporting 54% of passengers in Dhaka . The private cars on the other hand, took up 34% of road space while only transporting 9% of the population (1998 DUTP). This data does not include the parking space on roads that cars take up in Dhaka . If included this would further raise the amount of space taken up by private cars. Every year the Rickshaw saves Bangladesh 100 billion taka in environmental damage.

The government makes many efforts to reduce traffic congestion in Dhaka but with no success. Blaming Rickshaws for traffic congestion and subsequently banning them from major roads has not had the desired affect. Traffic is still as bad now as it was before the Rickshaws were banned on major roads. Rickshaws thus can not be seen as the major cause of traffic congestion. Instead one should look towards private cars and private car parking on roads as the major cause of traffic congestion. The space gained by banning Rickshaws is often used for private car parking. The current trend in transport planning reduces the mobility of the majority for the convenience of the minority. The next time a ban on Rickshaws on another road is discussed please take into consideration who is being hurt and who is being helped. For a better transport system in Dhaka we need to create a city wide network of Rickshaw lanes. If this is done Dhaka can reduce its fuel usage dramatically as well its pollution. We ask your help in our fight to keep Dhaka a Rickshaw city. Any information or help is very much appreciated and sought after. I write you this letter to describe the difficulties we are facing and some solutions but they are by no means exhaustive and we look forward to your help and input.

Syed Saiful Alam
Volunteer of Save Environment Movement

Boise Bike Week is Coming

I was pleased to discover Boise Bike Week today:
http://www.boisebikeweek.org

There’s a schedule and of extra interest is Rickshawing the Pedal Power Parade. This an early season event being on Saturday, May 17. The route is cake though once you get to the start. All downhill through the north end to Julia Davis park.

This ride would be interesting for Rickshaw, but there’s a bench climb at the end and a jaunt out to the old penn. Oh well. Might have to take a bike instead.

I’ll also probably make the live music night via Rickshaw as well. Looks like fun.