There may have been some concerns about localized issues or even conflicting views on the presence of pedicabs in what may be already crowded city streets but there is no doubt that this kind of decision is a vote against an environmentally sustainable future! Imagine if they took a totally different approach to pedicabs and transport in general. Many of the issues regarding safety and congestion could be resolved if there were in fact more pedicabs and less cars on the road. Just imagine that!
Check the links:
Pedicab drivers brace for big changes
City council passes passes...
New York Post
City curbs pedicabs...
City council OK's rules for pedicabs...
New York Times
Pedicabs: Menace or Threat?
Cycle rickshaws find some support...