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Austin City Council extended its moratorium on new pedicab permits until July 23.
Austin City Council has extended its moratorium on new pedicab permits until July 23.
The moratorium was set to expire next week. The new deadline set at Thursday's Council session gives the city’s transportation department more time to finalize its recommendations on two outstanding questions over pedicab regulation.
The first question the city is considering is whether to limit the number of pedicabs in Austin, and if so, what the total number should be. The current cap is 500. The second is whether the city will require trailer-type pedicabs to transition to the tricycle model. This provision has faced some opposition because some companies rely on the trailer model.
Leah Bojo, policy aide to Councilman Chris Riley, said she expects the transportation staff to have their recommendations by June, so the council can vote on the provisions before summer recess. Riley sponsored the ordinance extending the moratorium with Councilman Bill Spelman as co-sponsor.