Operators of pedicabs — Pedicabs

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Last week the National Park Service a tentative draft of the regulations that will dictate pedicab life on the National Mall. Tuesday evening the federal organization asked pedicab operators for their feedback at the NPS headquarters and received plenty— dozens of operators showed up, and NPS, to their great credit, presented the regulations as clearly as possible, with three presentation stations, repeated invitations for comment, and a persistent acknowledgment that these regulations are still evolving and ready for discussion. On the NPS cafeteria table were many copies of proposed pedicab routes, stations, and copies of the rules, with more than a half dozen officials on hand to answer questions. Shortly after 6 p.m., Bob Vogel, the NPS superintendent of the National Mall, called the meeting to order and explained the ideas behind the tentative regulations. NPS will accept comments through May 2, and although NPS officials hesitate to pin down specific dates, they hope to enact new pedicab regulations by the beginning of June.

"We also want to listen to you, " Vogel told the pedicab operators. "We want to offer a wide range of transportation options for our visitors."

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What's been your most memorable experience while operating a pedicab?

Well, I probably can’t put that in a publication. (laughs) The thing about pedicabbing is that every person is unique and every ride is different. My job is never, ever the same. It’s so cool. Everyone has a different perspective than everyone else. I say, 'how are you doing,' they tell me about themselves. I think it’s human nature to want to explore and learn new things. And here’s a way to do that. There are so many different celebrities in my cab, parties, and people love the experience of pedicabbing. In Green Bay I gave a ride to a 86-year-old who was really into railroads. Wisco…