The Washington Times - July 20, 2011, 04:25PM

D.C. officials are taking steps to regulate the city’s growing number of pedicabs.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray said rules will take effect within weeks that affect the bike-drawn carriages, ahead of anticipated legislation when the D.C. Council returns from its summer recess.


The rules address when and where the pedicabs may operate, while the city works to establish licensing, fare structures and other issues.

“It is obviously an industry that is now burgeoning in the city; one that needs to be regulated as well,” Mr. Gray said. “I think these initial regulations will bring some structure to it, but we also recognize that it isn’t the final word.”

Terry Bellamy, director of the District Department of Transportation, said pedicabs should followed the rules of the road, akin to motor vehicles and bicycles.

The new rules require pedicab passengers to wear seat belts, Mr. Bellamy said.