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Pedicab in the Philippines

Updated on March 30, 2012

Pedicab - A unique transportation in the Philippines

A pedicab or locally known as "sikad", "trike" and " padyak" is a three-wheeled vehicle that can carry 2 passengers in a covered rear seats. It is also use to transport vendors items . This environment friendly type of transportation is very common in places with narrow streets where jeepneys & buses are prohibited . Pedicab too , can be found in queue in public elementary and high schools, churches, wet markets, some government agencies , non- exclusive subdivision & busy streets of shopping districts.

pedicab loaded with school children
pedicab loaded with school children

Being a Pedicab driver is not easy

Pedicab drivers need to have a strong lower limbs and physically healthy. Their job is one of the toughest in the world . Pedicab drivers are exposed to the heat of the sun, dust, sweating a lot when it i s a sunny day while wet and cold when heavy rain falls.

Riding in a bicycle alone for long hours is definitely tiring. Pedicab drivers are carrying 2 passengers plus their belongings and to pedal it for so many hours in a day is really exhausting for them and also will cause too much stress to joints in their legs.

Pedicab drivers does not require to have a license to operate but they must be a registered member of a certain association or group organized by local authorities . Each group or association have a specific area to which only members can queue and wait for the passengers. This promote a healthy environment for the drivers and to prevent "snatching " of passengers anywhere which will sometimes cause chaos to fellow drivers.Violators face penalty which depend to the degree of the violation committed.

Earning less than 7$ a day , is it enough?

The fare of the pedicab range from 5 pesos ( 0.10 $ ) to 25 pesos (0.58 $ ) per passenger. The fare depends on the distance, weight of the belongings of the passenger and the kind of road of a destination. Pedicab drivers are mostly cheerful and chatting the passengers while pedaling . These attitudes make their job easier, not minding the tiredness of their legs . If passenger is satisfied with the service given , he/she would be happy to give an extra small amount (tip) for the driver and usually would hire the same pedicab next time which we call in filipino language "suki ".

The average income of a pedicab driver in a day is 200 pesos ( roughly 5$) to 300 pesos ( 6.5$) and considered to be a lucky day . The hard earned money will meet the basic necessities of the day . Drivers can not afford to have a rest day even sometimes when they are sick. No income , no food in the table .

Pedicab too is used by the street vendors to transport their items like street food, cheap plastic wares, 2nd hand clothing, accessories and fish. They go around from block to blocks with the aid of the horn and music, they catch buyers attention. It is convenient for the buyer , no hassle for going to the shops, also , for the vendor , worry -free for the stall rent which almost cut a quarter of their daily income.

Life is hard for many Filipinos but being gifted with optimism, faith, wise disposition, patience and hardwork, then , Filipinos always rise every dawn with a smile and a hope ; ready to face life challenges .

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      Wedding Mom 5 years ago

      very nice lens! thank you for sharing this.

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      Maribel Forayo 5 years ago from Philippines

      great transpo to move around

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Interesting lens, a view I never would have known of without coming here.

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      GentlemenGogoVEVO 5 years ago

      Mera hello! Funny photo and good idea :)

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      LornsA178 5 years ago

      You covered the things I missed out in my lens. Now they know how much pedicap driver earns a day. Thanks! I will feature your page to mine.

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      once we had this type of transportation in tamil nadu and we call it 'cycle rickshow'. now 'autos' occupied their place. very interesting topic.

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      rainbowbutterfl1 6 years ago

      @akumar46 lm: It is akumar, I hope you can try to ride one day :)

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      Thrinsdream 6 years ago

      I would hate to see what happened if they took my BIG brother, he would tip it! Love this lens. With thanks and appreciation. Cathi x

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      rainbowbutterfl1 6 years ago

      @akumar46 lm: You are welcome akumar, do you have that in India?

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      akumar46 lm 6 years ago

      It looks interesting to ride pedicab.Thanks for sharing this lens.

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      rainbowbutterfl1 6 years ago

      @mary lighthouse15: when you visit Philippines, don't miss to ride a pedicab !!

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      mary lighthouse15 6 years ago

      i miss riding in pedicabs! nice lens!