Definition of cycle rickshaw in English:

cycle rickshaw

(also bicycle rickshaw)


  • (in South Asia) a three-wheeled bicycle for public hire, with a covered seat for passengers behind the driver.

    • ‘We took bicycle rickshas from our hotel to the bus stand - two for us and one for our luggage. I guess we had too much luggage since the wheel of the bicycle ricksha collapsed.’
    • ‘The bustle of Old Delhi, seen from the back of a bicycle rickshaw, was the India that we had come to see.’
    • ‘Rajendra Ravi points out that cycle rickshaws are the only mode of existing transport (besides the bicycle) that is totally non-polluting and ideal for short distance travel.’
    • ‘A middle-aged Sikh offered to take me into town on a cycle rickshaw.’
    • ‘The new cycle rickshaws, made from lighter materials, weigh nearly 40 percent less than the traditional models.’
    • ‘A 16-year-old boy who earns a hundred rupees a day driving a bicycle ricksha, led me to the riverbanks where the dhobis, or washermen, were working.’
    • ‘We rode on a cycle rickshaw to Har-ki-pairi, the holiest spot in Haridwar where the god Vishnu is believed to have left his footprint, sealing the place's sanctity and making it one of the seven holy cities of Hinduism.’
    • ‘It's hard to climb into a bicycle ricksha if your knees are bad.’
    • ‘Many foreigners think that the bicycle rickshaw has been consigned to the history books, but in fact they continue to be widely used in Dhaka.’
    • ‘Hiring a bicycle ricksha or baby-taxi by the day in Calcutta solves the "walking" problem.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, a private party prevented us from enjoying the balmy evening air out on the terrace where the cyclo, or bicycle ricksha, resides.’
    • ‘A virtual conspiracy of one-way narrow streets makes a horse-drawn carriage or hired bicycle rickshaw an easier and more novel way to experience the city than a car.’
    • ‘It was some distance away and I took one bicycle ricksha, which there were millions of in the streets.’
    • ‘I particularly enjoyed my ride in a bicycle ricksha and shopping in the markets for beautiful hand made goods of leather, silk, wood, and fine cotton.’
    • ‘I was about to give up after about 15 minutes when a cycle rickshaw appeared by my side from nowhere.’
    • ‘We departed for Agra by car and stopped along the way at the National Park (a bird sanctuary), where we rode on a bicycle ricksha.’
    • ‘We walked toward the main street and caught a bicycle ricksha to the river.’
    • ‘Brightly colored cycle rickshaws from Nagpur will now grace the roads of London to relieve the city of its pollution problem.’
    • ‘That very day, crossing the street on his way home from school, her brother had been knocked flat by a bicycle rickshaw, losing consciousness for several seconds and earning a minor laceration on his forehead.’
    • ‘One young man driving a bicycle ricksha approached from the opposite direction and, just before reaching the master, stopped his ricksha, got down, stepped out of his shoes, and prostrated himself on the road.’
    • ‘Bullock carts loaded with farm produce, cycle rickshaws packed with little school children, horse-drawn buggies with shoppers and their purchases went past, giving a wonderful feeling that nothing much had changed here.’
    • ‘On Sunday morning some people took a tour of Mylapore on cycle rickshaws.’
    • ‘Dr. Anil Rajvanshi, engineer-inventor, left a successful career in America to return to India where he focused on appropriate technology, developing an improved lantern and cycle rickshaw.’
    • ‘Vintage cycle rickshaws are also available for short distance pleasure trips.’
    • ‘He worked late most nights, flagging a bicycle ricksha in town to bring him home over the long dirt road in the moonlight.’
    • ‘Ex-cabbie David Kennedy had hoped to start ferrying passengers on his cycle rickshaw in April.’
    • ‘The most committed Chhau performer can be forgiven if he would rather watch his son pedal a cycle rickshaw on the streets of Ranchi than starve as an unemployed dancer.’
    • ‘Modern bicycle rickshas ride through the city on fixed routes.’
    • ‘There is a determined section of low-budget tourists who do not mind traveling in the city buses or hiring cycle rickshaws at times of necessity.’
    • ‘The loans are used for a range of activities, from husking rice and running bicycle ricksha taxis to selling cellphone time in rural areas, according to the group.’
    • ‘At a turning, a bicycle ricksha was suddenly pushed at the car.’
    • ‘The cycle rickshaw is parked while its driver sees a movie.’
    • ‘He pioneered a solar-powered desalination plant and developed India's first battery-operated cycle rickshaw for transporting people or goods.’
    • ‘It's a place where bicycle rickshaws navigate streets more like alleys, and where the alleys are so narrow you can reach out your arms and touch buildings on both sides.’
    • ‘It is a busy city, but the trishaw, or bicycle ricksha, is still the best way to get around.’