Now that Santa Monica's first pedicabs have hit the streets, will the tourist-ferrying bike taxis ease downtown's traffic nightmare or manage to make it even worse? Who knows! With only four licensed drivers (so far) pedaling for just one company, they're unlikely to make much difference either way. But, according to LA Bike Taxi owner Jose Prats, they've brought joy to the people in their first day in business, and what's more important than that? "There's lots of people that were pointing at us and smiling and surprised to see Pedicabs in Santa Monica, " he told Santa Monica Patch. Prats said his drivers spent their first day in business scouting locations, and will probably spend most of their time near the pier, Third Street Promenade, and Ocean Avenue. He hopes to add more drivers as business expands-licensing is run by the city and includes a bicycle safety class.
· Santa Monica's First Licensed Pedicab Business Hits the Street [SM Patch]
· Pedicabs Archive [Curbed LA]
Once Santa Monica opens its streets to pedicabs this summer, can bicycle-powered taxis in Hollywood be far behind? Maybe! According to the LA Times, the LA Department of Transportation is "studying the breadth of a pedicab regulatory system in order to help establish a system of its own." Which might make it sound like things are farther along than they actually are. While cities can't ban pedicabs (since they're just glorified bikes), LA can (and does) withhold permits until there's a regulatory framework in place. And an LADOT spokesperson says the Department doesn't have a timeline on when that might happen. The process is hardly new-though City Councilmember (and almost-Mayor) Eric Garcetti asked LADOT to look into a pilot pedicab project in Hollywood last year, the most recent wave of attempted pedicab regulation started in 2007 when some rather silly rules were proposed: "All riders needed a helmet, and drivers had to wear 'a shirt with sleeves, and a collar, pants or shorts ... with a belt and black shoes.'" The city didn't go for it. But now with pedicabs coming to Santa Monica-and already running in San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Huntington Beach, and Long Beach-LA may finally catch pedicab fever.
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