Pedicabs are wildly popular in quite a few American cities, such as San Diego, New York, Portland and San Francisco. While Los Angeles has had pedicab rules since 1986, two operators who tried to bring the business to the city were shutdown.
"Now, the LADOT has written up a list of new rules allegedly to help bring pedicabs back, but the rule list is so onerous and at times ridiculous that one can't help but question whether they really mean it. The new rules regulated everything from dress code, to routes, to helmet requirements for drivers and passengers and an onerous licensing procedure. Specific wording in the permitting part of the application require that during licensing, all potential operators submit routes, maps, hours of operation and other parts of their business plan for review by the LADOT in conjunction with the local council offices and the LAPD."