Richshaws to come to Port Douglas
Port Douglas pedal power
10 June 2010
Pedicabs are set to power up in the mains streets of Port Douglas again as alternative transport for the seaside village, after a decade long hiatus.
Mayor Val Schier said the bicycle powered rickshaws will operate in much the same way as taxis, so that customers will be able to flag them as they travel the main streets of town.
“The pedicabs will be a safe fun way to travel and be restricted to lower flow traffic areas. Operators and riders will be required to wear helmets,” Cr Schier said.
Each pedal powered vehicle will carry appropriate front and rear lighting to assure visibility and hours of operation will be restricted to no later than 10pm.
Division 10 Councillor Julia Leu said the new pedicab company would add quirkiness and colour to the distinct culture of the town.
“Port Douglas has an ever-increasing wedding market appeal and this is another novel form of transport for newlyweds and tourists,” Cr Leu said.
“Council has approved a permit for a six month trial. Port Douglas has been home to a very successful rickshaw business in the past and the new operators should enjoy the same success.”
All pedicabs used in the new business are required to comply with relevant Australian Standards and the operator will be required to abide by road and passenger transport rulings under the transport Operations Act (1995) and Transport Operations Regulation (2009).