NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City judge says pedicabs are not allowed on bridge bike paths.

A city attorney was riding his bike in May when he saw Duncan Elder giving another person a pedicab ride over the Manhattan Bridge.

Manhattan Rickshaw Co. argued that Elder was not technically “operating” his pedicab at the time. It said he wasn’t carrying a paying passenger — just a friend who was too tired to walk.

Elder also testified that he never pedaled the pedicab on the bridge.

Administrative law judge James Plotkin decided that Elder was operating the pedicab — whether he was pedaling, pushing or coasting.

The ruling could force operators to load pedicabs onto trucks when moving them over bridges.
Manhattan Rickshaw Co. may appeal the decision.

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