Winston-Salem will regulate the use of pedicabs

A recently adopted ordinance outlines rules for operators.

White pedicab with teal bike. The cab has a black canopy and is parked in front of a building.

Winston-Salem will join cities around the world that allow the mode of transportation.

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

You might soon see more pedicabs — also known as rickshaws — on city streets. City Council unanimously adopted an ordinance on Monday, Feb. 19 to regulate the use of the vehicles within city limits so they don’t create disruptions.

Rules for operators

  • Pedicabs can only operate on city streets with a speed limit at or below 35 mph, although the vehicles can cross streets with higher speed limits.
  • Pedicabs cannot operate on sidewalks, within city parks, or private property without permission from the owner.
  • Pedicab drivers must be over 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license.
  • Pedicabs must stay to the far right of the road and yield right-of-way to cars, sightseeing vehicles, and pedestrians.
  • Pedicabs can only transport as many passengers as there are seats.

Keeping riders safe

  • All pedicabs must have a working headlight and two tail lights with brake lights.
  • They must also be equipped with seat belts for all passengers.
  • The vehicles must be inspected annually, which will cost operators $10.
  • They will need to show proof of insurance to get a permit sticker that must be attached to the driver’s side of the pedicab.
Map of Winston-Salem showing green streets where pedicabs are eligible to operate. Red lines show roads with a speed limit above 35 miles per hour. The legend is in the top right hand corner.

Green is a go for pedicab operations across Winston-Salem.

Photo via City of Winston-Salem

The road ahead

The ordinance was created with input from potential pedicab vendors, police, and the city’s legal team. Winston-Salem police will enforce the rules.

In voicing support for the mode of transportation, Mayor Pro Tempore DD Adams said it will allow people with physical limitations to see the city. (The presentation and discussion starts ~6 minutes into the meeting.)

“I find that will be a big aid to people, let’s say, if they’re they’re in our city and they would like to go to the new Kaleideum or anything else, those folks will know that they can get there without having to walk or call an Uber.”

There is one pedicab company currently operating in the Twin City and officials say other companies want to start offering services to customers.