Cycling Without Age Ireland has highlighted that not all rickshaw-like bicycles are all the same ahead of regulations planned for taxi-like rickshaws. The Cycling Without Age concept uses rickshaw-like cargo bicycles (pictured above) to give nursing home residents more freedom.
Legally, some rickshaw operating in Dublin city centre are classed as bicycles, while others are classed as motorised vehicles. The move to regulate them like taxis has come on the back of lobbying by taxi drivers and complaints about a lack of enforcement on road traffic rules around their use.
Founders of Cycling Without Age, Clara Clark and Charles Mollan, said in an email to supporters: “The National Transport Authority (NTA) is seeking feedback from the public as to the requirement of regulation of rickshaws bicycles. This is an opportunity for us, all those interested in and supportive of Cycling Without Age, to bring to their attention Cycling Without Age rickshaws, and to highlight how they are quite different in design, purpose, use and benefit to commercial rickshaws, as we do not want any confusion.”
They added: “As we now have four Cycling Without Age rickshaws in Ireland, with enquires and orders growing every day, this is an opportunity to ensure that the benefits, use, and purpose of Cycling Without Age rickshaws are protected, supported and catered for in any changes in regulation.”
The National Transport Authporty are currently looking for the public’s views on the issues around rickshaws, there is a survey for anybody to comment on rickshaws at nationaltransport.ie or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday September 25.