8047Re: [carfree_cities] Re: American rickshaws?
- Feb 1, 2005Not to prolong an unnecessary discussion but in
Bangladesh (a country of 140 million people), they
call the three-wheel model a rickshaw. Pedicab may
indeed be useful as an international term, but it is
meaningless here, where rickshaws are still a main
source of transport.
--- Karen Sandness <ksandness@...> wrote:
> Just a picky little correction: a rickshaw (from the
> "jinrikisha") is a two-wheeled passenger vehicle,
> sort of like a pony
> cart, only with a person playing the role of pony.
> They were banned in
> China under the Communist government, and they are
> extinct in Japan,
> except as novelty rides in tourist spots or as a way
> for high-class
> geisha to arrive at an appointment.
> The discussion here is apparently about pedicabs,
> which are not used to
> any great extent in Japan but which seemed to be the
> freight vehicle of
> choice in China when I was there in 1990 and were
> even used as taxicabs
> in some cities.
> In transit,
> Karen Sandness
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