Pedicabs Coming to Downtown, Face License Fees
By Marcus Gilmer in News on May 14, 2009 9:00PM
Photo by *Soup*
Norma Reyes, commissioner of the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, told the Sun-Times:
“People are really interested in other forms of transportation — in terms of the environment, the green movement. The ambience. People like to be [transported] — not in a Corvette, but [by] a bike that’s open and being driven around,” Reyes said.
“They have about 500 in New York. They have ‘em in Miami and in other jurisdictions. The pedicab industry has been growing in various cities around the country. We started seeing pedicabs in Chicago about a year ago. There's definitely an industry here."
Mayor Daley sponsored the bill, citing safety issues as the main reason for the license requirement. Though, ever the classy gentleman, when asked about the three passenger per pedicab limit, MayDay said, “We’re not gonna weigh people.” Har har, but just you wait; give him time and he'll figure out a way to tax passengers by the pound.