Ride the Rickshaw!

Posted By: Marty

Ride the Rickshaw! - 12/18/09 03:42 PM

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
Posted By: JRinSC

Re: Ride the Rickshaw! - 12/18/09 03:45 PM

That's neat, Marty. Any idea on what a tour costs?
Posted By: chunkyruth

Re: Ride the Rickshaw! - 12/19/09 04:08 AM

Great idea!
Posted By: Chloe

Re: Ride the Rickshaw! - 12/19/09 04:19 AM

woohoo this is great.
Posted By: Loansum-Al K

Re: Ride the Rickshaw! - 12/19/09 04:29 AM

Long over due........great idea.....wish I would have thought about it myself!

Re: Ride the Rickshaw! - 12/19/09 01:25 PM

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.
Posted By: seashell

Re: Ride the Rickshaw! - 12/19/09 02:17 PM

Nice way to take a tour, but too bad they aren't also an alternative to a taxi.
Posted By: Phil

Re: Ride the Rickshaw! - 12/19/09 04:58 PM

Talking of Taxis how did they get these past the Taxi Drivers without a fight........
Posted By: SP Daily

Re: Ride the Rickshaw! - 12/19/09 05:01 PM

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!
Posted By: SnoopysMom

Re: Ride the Rickshaw! - 12/19/09 05:14 PM

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.

Posted By: papashine

Re: Ride the Rickshaw! - 12/19/09 05:18 PM

You have my vote.
Posted By: pamkillen

Re: Ride the Rickshaw! - 12/19/09 06:29 PM

They are really popular in Charleston SC and add a lot to the city. They are used as taxis and really help with the traffic issues.
Posted By: sandyb

Re: Ride the Rickshaw! - 12/19/09 07:47 PM

I agree, the taxi's are ruining the ambiance of San Pedro just like the cruise ships did in Cozumel!
Posted By: Peter Jones

Re: Ride the Rickshaw! - 12/19/09 07:55 PM

Rickshaws are great - I saw lots in NYC when I was there earlier this year, and took a few rides in them. But I don't know how practicable they'll be with the sand & holes here.
Posted By: SP Daily

Re: Ride the Rickshaw! - 12/19/09 08:08 PM

Perfect for San Pedro!
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Posted By: SP Daily

Re: Ride the Rickshaw! - 12/19/09 08:26 PM

Or maybe this style...
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Posted By: seashell

Re: Ride the Rickshaw! - 12/19/09 11:10 PM

LOL! Love those pics Jesse.

It would be nice to have a few more around to be used to get from point A to point B, but somehow I have my doubts that any of those "pandering" would be willing to do the driving.
Posted By: SnoopysMom

Re: Ride the Rickshaw! - 12/20/09 02:09 AM

Yes, seashell, but it would be a bit easier to determine whether people had options. Living on the island it is a bit more obvious, but it would probably be best is everyone just agreed to stop giving money to the beggars as it just encourages them - some of these experienced guys (and girls) are probably making more $ on a given day than those working full time jobs. Although the stories can be very entertaining (as they change from day to day). Even more alarming is the increased number of children asking for money when you give them a ride. Sadly, guess it is a sign of the times.

Just wish we could tell if they are truly in a hardship..... One sign is if you make them a sandwich, etc and they say no thanks (this after they need $5 for a meal).

Sorry for the hi-jack!
Posted By: Loansum-Al K

Re: Ride the Rickshaw! - 12/20/09 02:14 AM

The only thing children or adults that we have given a ride have said is a genuine "Thank you". We've never been asked for money.
Posted By: seashell

Re: Ride the Rickshaw! - 12/20/09 02:17 AM

No problem for me, maybe for the original poster. smile

I do know what you mean though on all points.

I was eating dinner at Ambergris Delight a few years ago and two little girls wanted me to buy some bracelets. It was late, they looked so exhausted and hungry. I told them I wasn't going to buy a bracelet. They looked so unhappy, disheartened and worried as they walked away. I called them back and asked them if they would like to join me. They didn't want to do that but did have some chips, then tried again to sell me a bracelet. Again, I said no, but they looked so miserable. I took one hand of each little girl and pressed a dollar into each tiny palm. I told them that it was for them and not for their mother.

I always feel like such a heel when I don't buy bracelets from the kids, but I want them to go to school and I don't want them to be supporting any bad habits their parents might have. It's a rock and a hard place.
Posted By: Barbara K

Re: Ride the Rickshaw! - 12/20/09 06:53 AM

I remember the pedi cabs they had on SP a while back. They didn't last - no one wanted to drive tourists around then. Maybe this time it will fly.
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