Cedar Key now has its very own “bike taxi”, whose owner/operator, Randy Avery came to Cedar Key in August of last year, married his wife Teresa at the Island Hotel, and has just inaugurated the “EZ Ride Bike Taxi” service. Based on his experiences in St. Augustine and other cities in the South, Randy saw the need for an environmentally friendly form of transport alternative to golf carts that would be appropriate to Cedar Key’s (relatively) level terrain and short distances.
RANDY AVERY PEDDALS DOWN 2ND STREET
For the technically minded, Randy”s red and black pedicab is an all-American model constructed of steel and aluminum, and manufactured by Main Street Pedicabs Inc. of Denver, Colorado. It has seven speeds and, with the assistance of a battery generating 500 watts at the front wheel, is able to carry two or three passengers on its comfortably upholstered seat at speeds approaching even 20mph. The vehicle is, unlike golf carts, permitted to travel along SR24 but Randy does not ride that way for safety reasons.
So Cedar Key joins the many major cities in the world where cycle rickshaws are widely used for carrying passengers and goods. It has been estimated that there are about four million of these machines in the world, most commonly in South and South East Asia, including about 400,000 for hire in Dhaka (the “Rickshaw Capital of the World”) where they are the most popular form of transport. Cities in the U.S. and in Europe have also come into the picture in recent years, notably since the 1962 World Fair in Seattle, and rickshaws are now an important part of the tourist scene in Boston, Miami, San Francisco, etc.