MANILA, Philippines – A Filipino-American student peddles her way around Baltimore in Maryland, hoping to encourage people to ride on her “pedicab” in exchange for stories.
The Baltimore Sun's photography and video blog "The Dark Room" featured the Pedicab Project started by Michelle Nugent, a student at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.
Nugent began the Pedicab Project after her first trip to the Philippines.
“My mom's a Filipino. Two years ago, it was my first time to go to the Philippines with my mother. She hadn't been back for 30 years,” Nugent told The Baltimore Sun.
The pedicab, a bike with sidecar, is a popular means of transportation in the Philippines.
“It made me think a lot of transportation and how people get around and how people interact with each other. The physical designs and the visual of this means of transportation is what attracts people,” said Nugent.
Her pedicab is made up of materials she found around Baltimore.
“A lot of it is recycled and reclaimed materials. The canopy is also collage with a lot of found materials and all of these streamers are from recycled bags,” she said.
But there are other perks of peddling her pedicab. She gets to hear people’s stories and share them to other riders as well.
“The more I’m able to expose these stories to other people, to hear them, I feel like there'll be a better understanding within the city or wherever it takes this pedicab...a better understanding of who people are and where they come from and to just not judge a person by face value and to actually take into consideration that were all human,” she said.
She added, “We all have stories and perhaps we share alot of those similar stories”.