Ashley Hoffner is a pedicab driver, a new kind of taxi introduced to Oxford this year. She found this job online while searching for new hiring positions in Oxford. Hoffner began working on the last week of May.
Hoffner turned on the electric support that would help up pull more than 300 pounds. She hopped on the bicycle and pulled out of the Volta’s parking lot without breaking a sweat. She motioned with hand signals for lane changes and turns and pulled over to let cars pass by. The entire time she talked easily, appearing unbothered with pulling the rickshaw. She explained the road rules for rickshaws.
“We can’t go on roads over 35 mph speed limit, ” Hoffner explained. “We average 15 to 20 mph. All drivers need two licenses to drive this: a drivers’ license and a pedicab license, which you have to apply for with the city clerk.”
Pedicabs are a fast-growing transportation service introduced to Oxford in February. They are bicycle taxis that look somewhat like chariots. There are two pedicab services in town: and (hyperlink). Rebel Rickshaw is expecting to expand to allocate more services to Oxonians, especially during the football gamedays.
Nason Williams and Randall Roberson are the founders of Rebel Rickshaw. Williams, although currently living in Jackson, works every day to expand the service.
“I was at the Ole Miss/Texas game in Austin and the university had rickshaws available, ” Williams said. “Since taxicabs were not allowed on campus it makes sense to have a pedicab service there, especially for the alumni.”
Pedicabs in Oxford
Williams said that Rebel Ricksaw has been in communications with Larry Sparks, vice chancellor for administration and finance, UPD Chief Sellars and AD Ross Bjork to allow them to run their pedicab service on campus this fall.
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