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Pedicabs Approved

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – Oxford aldermen have amended the city’s taxi cab ordinance to allow pedicabs, also known as cycle rickshaws, which transport passengers in a carriage-styled seat hooked to a bicycle.

The pedicabs may only travel on streets with designated bike lanes that have a 35 mph speed limit.

Officials say at least two companies – Rebel Pedal and Rebel Rickshaw – plan to shuttle people between downtown and the University of Mississippi campus as well as offering downtown and perhaps campus tours.

Board of aldermen approval came Tuesday. The soonest pedicabs can hit the streets is Dec. 19, after a customary 30-day wait.

Drivers will have to pass background checks like taxi drivers but are only required to have a Class R license which is just a regular driving license.