With millions of rickshaws on the road worldwide (there are over 100 million motorized rickshaws in Asia alone), it's no surprise that they can range from the high-tech hybrids to the more basic pedal-powered types. Filipino designer Kenneth Cobonpue, who also designed this intriguing hand-woven, bamboo concept car, undertook the task of redesigning the bicycle rickshaw into something much more refreshing for urban roads.
Employing his signature woven aesthetic, Cobonpue's "Eclipse" concept rickshaw is based off a version of the pedicab found in the Philippines, which uses three wheels and places the cab off to the side. It features a retro-style bicycle off to one side, with an open, two-seater circular cab.
There's a protective curtain that can come down on both ends, and I like how the overall curvaceous feel of it contrasts with its boxier cousins.
Of course, this redesign may not fit everywhere; it looks bigger and less maneuverable than most pedicabs and rickshaws -- therefore it may be at a disadvantage on highly congested roads, and any torrential rain and dust coming in may be a problem. Nevertheless, it's an admirable attempt to make this kind of vehicle more appealing on a larger scale. Check out more over at Kenneth Cobonpue.