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Each Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from reader Denise H., who says:

“I was in NYC this weekend with my husband. We had a fantastic day of shopping and sightseeing. After going to the hotel to change and go to dinner, I decided that I was too tired to walk five blocks in my new heels. It would be weird to take a cab five blocks, so we opted to take a pedicab, which we hailed from the front of the bike. After he dropped us at our destination, he told us we owed his $35! ‘WHAT?’ I replied. ‘That’s insane!’

“He took out his stopwatch and showed us we had been in his ‘cab’ for seven minutes and said, ‘I charge $5 per minute. Didn’t you see my sign?’ Obviously, we did not see his pricing. Bad assumption on our part that it would have been a few bucks. SO, if you’re taking a pedicab in NYC, be sure to check prices before getting in! I much prefer Newport, RI, where they don’t charge anything and ask for an appropriate tip, instead.”

Thanks, Denise! And here’s a Slate article on how to avoid being scammed by an NYC pedicab driver.

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1 Comment On "Know the Pricing Before Taking an NYC Pedicab"
  1. Bruce Roberts|

    I am a new york licensed NYC tour guide and I advise my guests NEVER to take a pedicab….they are the biggest ripoff and downright dangerous….They come up with weird charges as they drop such as, “weight differentials” and “traffic fees”….also if they give you a tour they are just making up things. I wish the city would out law them

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