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Ride the Rickshaw! #361983
12/18/09 09:42 AM
12/18/09 09:42 AM
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oregon, spr
Marty Offline OP

Marty  Offline OP

Many a times we see tourists riding in their golf cart with town maps on their hands or constantly having to stop at the tourist information center to ask for directions or general information about the island – population, where to eat, where to stay and so forth. Well this week we were intrigued by the two bicycle rickshaws at Central Park and found out that it’s a new way for visitors to tour the island. The staff of Ambergris Today enjoyed a ride around town the same way tourists would, just for the sake of experiencing this cool new tour being offered by the business San Pedro Rickshaw.

A rickshaw is a two wheeled cart which seats one or two persons most popularly used in Asia and are powered by men. Now-a-days the rickshaw has evolved and a bicycle has been attached to it and is used even in places like New York, San Diego, London and now San Pedro.

In speaking with John McAfee, owner of San Pedro Rickshaw, he explained to us that the purpose of the rickshaw bicycles is to offer tourists a slow tour of San Pedro.

“The tourists will be given a half hour tour of San Pedro pin pointing the restaurants, shops, hotels, grocery stores and hot spots of the island,” commented Mr. McAfee. “We plan on touring the tourists by the lagoon side so they can see the fruits vendors on the lagoon side and life in the island.”

Business can also advertise on these rickshaw bicycles as there will be a total of ten bicycles and business can advertise on them. San Pedro Rickshaw is a tour operator and not a taxi service as they will not be stopping to taking persons from one place to another. The tour is available seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Anyone interested in booking a tour or advertising can call the Coastal Express office at 226-2007.

Ambergris Today

Re: Ride the Rickshaw! [Re: Marty] #361988
12/18/09 09:45 AM
12/18/09 09:45 AM
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Posts: 160
Upstate South Carolina USA
JRinSC Offline
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That's neat, Marty. Any idea on what a tour costs?

Re: Ride the Rickshaw! [Re: JRinSC] #362059
12/18/09 10:08 PM
12/18/09 10:08 PM
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Posts: 601
San Pedro/Maplewood, mn, usa
chunkyruth Offline
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Great idea!

Re: Ride the Rickshaw! [Re: chunkyruth] #362061
12/18/09 10:19 PM
12/18/09 10:19 PM
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South Texas
Chloe Offline
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woohoo this is great.

Dare To Deviate
Re: Ride the Rickshaw! [Re: Marty] #362063
12/18/09 10:29 PM
12/18/09 10:29 PM
Joined: Jun 2005
Posts: 2,018
Sequim, WA & San Pedro
Loansum-Al K Offline
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Long over due........great idea.....wish I would have thought about it myself!

I'm happier than a pig in s__t...a foot on the sand...and a Belikin in my hand!
Re: Ride the Rickshaw! [Re: Loansum-Al K] #362077
12/19/09 07:25 AM
12/19/09 07:25 AM
Joined: Jul 2000
Posts: 1,419
Some times there, some times h...
A few old timers might remember exactly the same thing in SP January of 1995. The "ricks" even look identical. Three of us took one to the Cool Spot late one night, and ended up hitching a ride back in an old Ford station wagon!

The following day the rickshaw operator got into one hell of a fight with his ex-wife over child support right in the middle of Front Street in broad daylight. We actually have the whole thing on video. Hilarious--she tore the crap out of his rickshaw and him, and we haven't seen one since.

Ruthie, see what you missed out on? It was about a year before CBV was built.

Re: Ride the Rickshaw! [Re: CHOOCHOO] #362079
12/19/09 08:17 AM
12/19/09 08:17 AM
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Nice way to take a tour, but too bad they aren't also an alternative to a taxi.

A fish and a bird can fall in love, but where will they build their nest?

Re: Ride the Rickshaw! [Re: seashell] #362097
12/19/09 10:58 AM
12/19/09 10:58 AM
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San Pedro
Phil Offline
Phil  Offline
Talking of Taxis how did they get these past the Taxi Drivers without a fight........

Re: Ride the Rickshaw! [Re: Phil] #362098
12/19/09 11:01 AM
12/19/09 11:01 AM
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SP Daily Offline
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Originally Posted by Phil
Talking of Taxis how did they get these past the Taxi Drivers without a fight........

Heh heh...John McAfee, owner of San Pedro Rickshaw has the juice!

Re: Ride the Rickshaw! [Re: SP Daily] #362101
12/19/09 11:14 AM
12/19/09 11:14 AM
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Posts: 1,206
Ambergris caye
SnoopysMom Offline
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I vote for replacing taxi's with the Rickshaws! Not only would it provide more jobs for locals (verses pandering), but it would enhance the island ambiance, reduce noise and gas pollution - as well as eliminate those nasty taxi drivers who constantly endanger pedestrians (most importantly small children) and animals.

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