(Asheville Citizen Times) Residents and visitors might be getting around downtown on three wheels starting next spring following action by City Council on Tuesday.
Council approved a franchise agreement that allows Asheville Bike Taxi LLC to operate a pedicab service in downtown, Montford and the River Arts District.
Company head Jessie Lehmann said the human-powered taxis — most are technically tricycles, although the vehicles are commonly called bicycle taxis — have become increasingly common in recent years in cities with significant tourist traffic.
“It’s kind of funny that Asheville doesn’t have a pedicab service,” Lehmann said before the meeting.
The city approved a similar agreement with a different company in 2008, city Transportation Director Ken Putnam said, but the service never got off the ground.
In a nod to the city’s sometimes steep terrain, Lehmann said she will use pedicabs with electric motors to assist the human power provided by drivers.
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