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Theater District pedicabs have become a safety hazard and a risk to industry-related businesses

Congestion, dangerous driving, price-gouging and more are a growing problem.

Outside the Lena Horne Theatre (Credit: Courtesy of Glass House Tavern)

They swarm the exits of Broadway theaters competing for attention. Not fans, pedicabs. Lately, they have been causing the sort of chaos and insecurity that make navigating the Theater District a headache — or worse. A noticeable increase in pedicab numbers after pandemic shutdowns — and what some call a lack of regulation and enforcement — has led to friction between these bicycled carriages and pedestrians, theater patrons and Broadway-adjacent businesses.

As debate continues over the potential development of a Times Square casino, pedicabs are an example of crowd-control problems already plaguing the District’s clogged throughways. They’re endangering patrons and affecting business now.

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