Tallinn puts a stop to cycle rickshaw expansion ({{commentsTotal}})

The local government has decided to ban cycle rickshaws in the pedestrian areas of Old Town – the historical center of the Estonian capital.

“The three-wheeled rickshaws have crossed the line on what is acceptable and tolerable in the medieval city center. From October, we will allow only approximately ten of them in the Old Town, according to strict rules set by us,” said Alar Nääme, the city center district head.

In pedestrian areas, rickshaws will be banned from August 15.

The Tallinn City Government cited an unpredictable behavior, such as wrong speed and irregular parking, by the rickshaw drivers as some of the reasons.

On top of that, the drivers often play loud music and their vehicles carry advertisements which have not been brought into line with city guidelines. Some of the rickshaws are also too large, being an obstruction in the most important tourist center of Estonia.

Cycle rickshaws are human-powered by pedaling and usually carry two people. They have caused controversy and debate in other European capitals, such as London, as well.

Editor: S. Tambur

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