NYC mayor hits brakes on pedicab rate decision

Mayor hits brakes on pedicab rates decision, says he'll decide by Friday

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he'll decide by Friday whether to sign a proposal to keep pedicabs from charging confusing, sometimes exorbitant rates.

The proposal was up for Bloomberg to consider signing Wednesday. After a pedicab driver complained that the city was unfair to the bicycle taxis, Bloomberg said he wanted "to find out a little more" about the proposal.

The City Council voted unanimously last month to require pedicab drivers to charge by the minute, with the timer clearly visible.

Now, most pedicab drivers charge by city block and per passenger. Some add surcharges.

One Texas family paid more than $400 for a 14-block ride this summer.

The New York City Pedicab Owners' Association says about 700 of the vehicles now ply city streets.

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