Sunday, 7 September 2008
The Velo Taxi
Although not a 3 speed , the velo taxi has recently started to become more popular in recent years. Apparently the same style of German built velo taxi's have been operating in the lager cities such as Tokyo for some time and last year a velo taxi appeared in Niigata city where I live, but because Niigata is not really a tourist sport it's rare to see the velo taxi's with customers. The main revenue for Niigata's velo taxi's seem to be the advertising they sell rather than making a profit from fares. Recently on a day trip to Kitakata the famed ramen town in Fukushima which is famous for it's Japanese storehouses ( Kura ) and it's ramen as the town boasts about 120 ramen shops I saw several velo taxi's operating about town. The main difference in Kitakata's velo taxi operation is that the town has a thriving tourist industry and because of that their velo taxis always seem to be busy. Pictured about is one of the Kitakata velo taxi's outside their office.