Does this look familiar? It should if you've spent any time in the Philippines or SE Asia. Yet this rickshaw doesn't come from the Phils it's here in the USA. In the face of increasing gas prices Americans are slowly starting to wake up to the fact that having 3+ cars per family is a nightmare of high prices. Reliable transportation alternatives are the way to go and coupled with a well planned public transportation system, Rickshaws such as this provide the final step of the journey.
At last count there are around 600 companies in the US utilizing these vehicles in downtown areas and tourist spots. It's an idea whose time has come and it's interesting that we should borrow on something Filipinos have been using for decades. It comes as no suprise that Jacksonville is interested in bringing such a service to the Riverside/ 5 Points area as we have a rather large Filipino population here.
At $3,800 each these trisikads are not cheap and any company wishing to start up a business with these would need a good deal of venture capitol however it would bring a large benefit to the downtown area by giving people a cheap alternative to walking between neighborhoods.