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Pedicab Phil from Shrewsbury

Pedicab Phil in Shrewsbury
Written by Stuart Wickes
Pedicab Phil in Shrewsbury

Pedicab Phil in Shrewsbury

Pedicab Phil

Stuart Profile SmallAs we enjoyed a relaxing ride along the beautiful riverside path through Shrewsbury, weaving in and out of locals and holidaymakers enjoying the Sunday sunshine, I almost crashed into a a bright blue T-shirt standing next to a large silvery-grey rickshaw.

Pedicab Phil was standing proudly to attention in the shade of an old oak tree, waiting for customers for his shiny, new cycle taxi. Now here was a job I could understand.

“How many people can you take?” I asked.

“Three,” he said, “maximum load, a third of a tonne.” I was impressed.

How much for a ride?

Two little girls came over to ask how much for a ride. “£1.50 each for a short ride along the river or for a bit more we can go into town.” The girls ran off back to mum.

“Are you a proper taxi?” I asked. It was a bit of a contentious question.

“You know there’s over eight hundred of these in London and they don’t need a licence but here in Shrewsbury the council insist I’m licenced, like a Hackney carriage.”

We talked for a while, one horse to another, about hauling heavy loads and his fledgling human powered enterprise.

It’s not an easy business…

“Business isn’t as good as I hoped,” he explained, “the cab cost three grand and what with licence fees and not so many customers……”

I felt for the guy and all his financial and physical investment.

“How much to John O’Groats then?” I asked as Matthew and Cameron got off the tandems and went over for a closer look. But he didn’t want to get into the long distance game.

Black and White Chapel near Shrewsbury

You can see why they call this black and white country.

About the author

Stuart Wickes

Stuart's the adventure addict half of the team, always trying to persuade the family to get out, do more, go further. As co-founder and co-director he handles the business, creative, design, technical and publishing aspects of the project. He is our chief photographer and videographer. With training as a professional learning and development consultant. an engineer and musician, his contribution is eclectic and unpredictable!

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