Starting a Pedicab Business

Starting a pedicab business is one way to peddle through success and more money.

The startup cost is not too high and it can be operated from home too, thus the profitability is really high.

The Pedicab Business Overview

You can peddle your success to big profits by engaging to a pedicab service business. The pedicab is a foot-pedaled tricycle with a man peddling a bicycle and a sidecar for renting customers. This is one of the most common and convenient ways of transportations in the rural areas since the travel from the villages to the center of the town is usually a short distance only. This type of transportation is the best alternative today with the expensive prices of gasoline as well as when there are floods on streets. This does not require gasoline and is durable during rainy season, in times of flood.

Nevertheless, pedicab service can be very helpful when riding through parks, or sightseeing around the town, or having a relaxing ride around tourist spots. Pedicabs are very much available in wide varieties of purposes, styles, and price points. For instance, there are the basic 2-occupants models up to the models that can accommodate up to 6 people. There are even pedicabs that are equipped with the space for storage for deliveries in urban areas. They are not used for people but for deliveries only. These pedicabs do not have seats for people but instead large storage spaces for deliveries.

The startup cost of pedicab business can reach from $2,000 to $10,000. It can be operated also from home and can be operated as a part time job. The new pedicabs cost start at approximately $3,500 and if used, half of that amount is cut off. The rates of ride are currently $1.00 per minute with the minimum amount charge of $5.00. The pedicab business can be expanded easily from a single operation to multiple operations by buying lots of pedicabs and the hiring good drivers to do the operation and just pay them on a revenue split basis. Just remember to obtain a business permit first and acquire some other necessary documents for establishing your pedicab business.

Furthermore, to earn more profits, you can sell the valuable and highly visible space on the back of your pedicabs to the local company advertisers. This method can generate an easy $500 and more a month especially in large urban areas. Also, you must be sure to establish alliances with tourist associations, hotels, restaurants, event planners, as well as travel agencies so that they can refer your business to their clients too. Such additional profits may include selling t-shirts, photograph mementos, hats, or postcards to tourists and also to locals who love to collect souvenirs.


  • tony said on September 4, 2012
    I am interested in starting a pedicab business in Greater Phoenix Metropolitan, Phoenix, Arizona. I need startup money.
  • Brian Fletcher said on October 9, 2012
    I'm considering a pedicab business for a town of 4000 in SE British Columbia. For now i'm thinking about just one unit to test the market for potential growth. bf
  • Steve Meyer said on October 25, 2012
    For more information on starting a pedicab business, contact Steve Meyer at Main Street Pedicabs. 303-295-3822
  • Tom Weis said on January 12, 2013
    I want to start my own pedicab business in Tel Aviv, Israel. Please contact me by email for more import info.
  • frankie ferrin said on April 10, 2013
    I wont to start up a peddicab business in reno,nv but i need some help with the start up cost if anything a lone till Augtust of 2,500.00 and it will get paid back. please help me call my cell#(775)870 5069 at any time thanks.
  • William Stone said on June 12, 2013
    Tennessee. I need information on how to approach local businesses to advertise on the pedicab.
  • Jeremy Brown said on August 2, 2013
    I am interested in starting a pedicab business in Olympia or federal way. What can I do to get started?
  • Diona D Ellington-Cook said on January 28, 2014
    I am Looking to start a pedicab business in upstate New York. Please contact me with info.
  • lior N said on April 5, 2014
    I am Looking to start a pedicab business in israel. Please contact me with info.
  • wallace said on July 10, 2014
    Looking to start pedi cab business in Memphis, Tennessee. Please help.
  • Randy Wilson said on December 24, 2014
    i want to start a pedicab business in Detroit, Mi United States
  • John Meade said on April 13, 2015
    I am interested in starting a pedicab business. Naples, Florida, United States
  • Jerome Carlysle Sr. said on September 16, 2015
    I am located in McKinney Texas.. I am interested in starting a pedicab business in areas like parks and around museums. I would especially want to focus on the elderly so they can site see and not have to worry about doing a lot of walking.
  • Ed said on September 17, 2015
    Looking to start a pedicab business in Worcester, MA United States.
  • Bryan said on September 18, 2015
    I am looking to start a pedicab business in Morristown NJ. I have the finances, I am just curious on how I go about the licensing and legalities of pedicabs in the small city.
  • Abraham said on April 11, 2016
    I'm a college student in Huntsville, TX looking to start a part-time pedicab business & would like to learn how to navigate through the licensing and legalities of starting said business on a college campus and small town.


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