About the pedicab

The MaxPro EcoTaxi is the most widely used commercial pedicab in Europe. The pedicab comes fitted with safety belts and weather proof covers for your comfort. The vehicle has been licensed by City of York Council following an extensive safety inspection. York Carriage Awaits has £5m public liability insurance to operate as a Hackney Carriage.


About me

My name is John, I founded York Carriage Awaits in 2019 to provide a whole new way to experience the beautiful city of York. Back in the 1990’s I studied history at University of York. To earn some money I worked as a tour guide in the city on the open top buses. I loved the experience of sharing stories about the city and its famous (and infamous!) residents. When I recently decided on a career change after two decades working in the culture and sports industries I decided I wanted to find a way to work as a freelance tour guide. I wanted to offer something new – York already has loads of walking tours and bus tours. A weekend away in Edinburgh gave me the idea for the Pedicab as the perfect vehicle to navigate the narrow ancient streets of the city. This is my first year operating and going forward I hope to expand to offer more people this unique experience.


Our tours do not require you to do any walking, although some travellers like to dismount to take photos. You will need to be able to step up (or be supported to step up) approximately 32cm to climb on board. I use a microphone and amplifier for the commentary to ensure that travellers with mild to moderate hearing impairments can fully enjoy the tour. I have hosted blind visitors on the pedicab as well as a pair of travellers in their 90’s and I am happy to discuss how the experience can be tailored to allow as many people as possible the opportunity to enjoy this unique experience.


We are proud to offer travellers the opportunity to explore the historic city in a zero emissions vehicle allowing our guests to incorporate the activity within their visit to the city, whilst maintaining their commitment to sustainable tourism.