Film Services FAQs

What sort of services do you offer?

Revolution has supported film, TV, and photo shoots since 2005 with specialized equipment and services tuned into these industries unique needs. Our flatbed trikes enable the camerman and sound man to team up and execute shots on bridges, in parks, and other spots in which motor vehicles are either inappropriate or simply illegal; in fact, we’ve rolled with up to four team members at a time on our flatbeds. As well, we offer crew support services with our pickup trikes and pedicabs – you can roll all of your equipment in our pickup trikes and/or freight trikes, while talent, management, et cetera can roll in one or more cabs. Also, moving people and equipment between the shot and the on-street operations HQ is valued by crews.

How many people/how much weight can a rickshaw carry?

Pedicabs carry up to three people. For plus-sized persons, we recommend going with two people per cab. All our trikes are rated to carry up to 550 pounds; we can haul heavier loads on occasion, but we don’t like to do so too often – we don’t want to stress out our trikes. Most of our cargo boxes, flatbeds, and pickup trikes measure about 3 feet wide and 4 feet long.

How fast do the rickshaws travel?

We unscientifically estimate that dudes on trikes average about 6 miles per hour. Not bad, considering that the average speed for motor vehicles in Manhattan is about 9 mph – and their average speed crosstown is just 4.5 mph. They’re perfect for capturing runners, bikers, and others moving through city streets, in parks, on bridges, inside stadia, and elsewhere.

Where do your rickshaws operate? Are the rickshaws only available in Manhattan?

We’ve travelled all over the metro area for shoots – Connecticut to shoot on a covered bridge rated for bikes and pedestrians only, Brooklyn for a Fort Greene shot, and myriad Manhattan locations. Have wheels, will travel!

Marketing Campaigns FAQs

New York City streets can be crazy. Is it safe to drive – or ride in – a trike?

In our experience, both pedicabs and freight trikes are some of the safest vehicles you can drive or ride in, on city streets. They’re large, hard to push around, and easy to see. They can zip through Midtown traffic, but they still have low maximum speeds. Billboard trikes are perfect for riding in streets; as well, they can create high-impact installations at high-volume sites for limited periods of time – or extended periods of time.

How do your trikes perform in bad weather?

Our pedicabs are equipped with blankets and rain covers, to protect against cold, rain, and snow. Their canopies come on and off, so you can go completely open-air, in nice weather, or, if it’s too sunny, you can get some shade. In general, if motor vehicles are able to navigate NYC’s roads, our work trikes can too. Yes, we can travel in rain, wind, and snow.

How many people/how much weight can a rickshaw carry?

By law, pedicabs may carry no more than three people. For plus-sized persons, we recommend going with two people per cab. All our trikes are rated to carry up to 550 pounds; we can haul heavier loads on occasion, but we don’t like to do so too often – we don’t want to stress out our trikes. Most of our cargo boxes have a capacity of about 35 cubic feet – they’re about 3 feet wide, 3 feet high, and 4 feet long.

How fast do the rickshaw’s travel?

We unscientifically estimate that dudes on trikes average about 6 miles per hour. Not bad, considering that the average speed for motor vehicles in Manhattan is about 9 mph – and their average speed crosstown is just 4.5 mph.

Where do your rickshaws operate? Are the rickshaws only available in Manhattan?

Pedicabs are concentrated in Midtown Manhattan and Central Park, since that’s where demand is strongest. However, with advance notice, RR is able to provide pedicab service in all 5 boroughs, as well as parts of New Jersey. Currently, our freight trikes and mobile billboards also operate mostly in Manhattan, but we do go to Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx on occasion, and are looking to bulk up operations in Brooklyn in the near future.

Event Experiences FAQs

I want to use your pedicabs for an event I’m planning, but I want to use my own drivers. Is that okay?

No, it’s not. To limit liability, and ensure compliance with NYC law, we require that any RR pedicab used to transport people be driven by an RR-vetted driver. You may hire a pedicab with a driver; you may not hire a pedicab and provide your own driver except in very unusual circumstances.

New York City streets can be crazy. Is it safe to drive – or ride in – a trike?

In our experience, both pedicabs and freight trikes are some of the safest vehicles you can drive or ride in, on city streets. They’re large, hard to push around, and easy to see. They can zip through Midtown traffic, but they still have low maximum speeds.

How much does a pedicab / rickshaw ride cost?

It varies dramatically, from driver to driver. As of June 28, 2013, all NYC pedicab drivers are required by law to charge by the minute, and the calculate time with a DCA-approved timer affixed to the cab in view of the passengers. They are required to post the per-minute ride on both sides of the pedicab’s exterior, and on the post of the driver’s seat. They are not allowed to charge per person, only per ride. Most drivers charge $2-3 per minute. However, they are legally permitted to set their per-minute charge as high as they want.

How many people/how much weight can a rickshaw carry?

By law, pedicabs may carry no more than three people. For plus-sized persons, we recommend going with two people per cab. All our trikes are rated to carry up to 550 pounds; we can haul heavier loads on occasion, but we don’t like to do so too often – we don’t want to stress out our trikes. Most of our cargo boxes have a capacity of about 35 cubic feet – they’re about 3 feet wide, 3 feet high, and 4 feet long.

How fast do the rickshaw’s travel?

We unscientifically estimate that dudes on trikes average about 6 miles per hour. Not bad, considering that the average speed for motor vehicles in Manhattan is about 9 mph – and their average speed crosstown is just 4.5 mph.

Where do your rickshaws operate? Are the rickshaws only available in Manhattan?

Pedicabs are concentrated in Midtown Manhattan and Central Park, since that’s where demand is strongest. However, with advance notice, RR is able to provide pedicab service in all 5 boroughs, as well as parts of New Jersey. Currently, our freight trikes and mobile billboards also operate mostly in Manhattan, but we do go to Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx on occasion, and are looking to bulk up operations in Brooklyn in the near future.

Cyclevan FAQs

Can one transport perishable items – like food – by cyclevan?

Revolution has successfully executed and facilitated thousands of deliveries of perishable goods to homes and businesses. We work with clients diligently until all stakeholders are satisfied with every aspect of a particular city logistics system—including temperature-control systems—before activating. The more controls, the more expenses—as well as the better the results. Ask us about solutions today.

How do cyclevans perform in inclement conditions?

Cyclevans are designed to operate in every condition Mother Nature throws at N.Y.C.: cold, rain, sleet, snow – you name it. Trikes—not bikes—operate effectively year round in the city. Trikes are inherently stable, cannot tip over, and roll safely in all conditions. In any condition motor vehicles can navigate the streets, our work trikes can navigate the streets.

How much weight/volume can a cyclevan carry?

Each cyclevan is rated to carry up to 550 pounds. We’ve hauled heavier loads on occasion, but we don’t recommend it: why tax the trikes, let alone the operators. A typical cargo box sports a capacity of about 35 cubic feet – they’re approximately 3 feet wide, 3 feet high, and 4 feet long. Custom boxes as large as 60 cu ft of capacity are available.

I own a local enterprise. I want to deploy a rickshaw to execute my own deliveries. How do I get started?

Contact us! We offer two-year or month-to-month leases; as well, we sell trikes as a Cycles Maximus agent. Additional elements of a program include legal and safety training for deliverists, preventive maintenance systems for the trikes, on-street support, and management support to optimize ongoing efficiency and success. If you already own one or more Cycles Maximus trikes, RR can establish with you a comprehensive equipment maintenance program. RR also offers consulting services for companies ready to optimize their logistics programs.

Are motors on bikes and trikes legal in N.Y.C.?

In a word? Yes. It all depends on how a motor is activated on the chassis. As long as the motor is activated exclusively by pedaling, then the system is legal according to N.Y.S. law. as long as all other aspects of the bicycle or tricycle meet legal standards set by the state. We’re happy to discuss this matter in more detail—just give us a ring or email if it pleases you.