Pedicab for sale in Alabama
By Taylor Holland
Special to The Tuscaloosa News
TUSCALOOSA | After observing pedicabs operating in other SEC university towns, Hunter Adams researched the business and decided to open a similar service in Tuscaloosa.
“The idea came to me because it's a new form of transportation and it's really advantageous for people looking to travel short distances, ” Adams said. “I think it's something that Tuscaloosa needs.”
Adams, a graduate of Hillcrest High School and the University of Alabama and now a second-year law student at UA, launched EasyRider Pedicab Co. in February.
He said the business will focus on providing transportation for people who are barhopping or attending night-time events throughout Tuscaloosa.
“I wanted to start small to sort of feel out the business and then slowly increase from there, ” he said. “We don't want to go out and overshoot demand.”
The pedicab is essentially a rickshaw powered by a driver on a modified bicycle. It has a padded seat mounted between two rear tires that has room for two to three people. The weight limit is 400 pounds.
The company has five pedicabs, with four on the road Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 p.m. until 3 or 4 a.m., depending on demand. The service also will be available during major events on other days or at other times.
“We have a dispatch number that you can call, but we also maintain routes to where a lot of people are out on foot — bars, sporting events, things like that, ” Adams said. “We get around 20 to 30 percent of our business from dispatch calls, but our main thing is just picking people up outside of the bars.”
The company charges $5 per person for a ride, with negotiable rates for longer distances. Adams, 24, said he would like to have eight pedicabs available by the start of football season, so EasyRider is still looking for five to seven employees.
“So far, we've hired eight drivers who each work a few nights a week, ” he said. “Our employees range from retired factory workers to mountain bikers to members of the (University of Alabama) cycling team. We are a diverse group, which is good.”
Adams said he hopes the business adds a sense of character to Tuscaloosa.
“While it is a business and we do want to be successful, we also want to ensure everyone involved is having a lot of fun, ” he said. “The pedicabs are out there to help people get around town safely, but they're also out there so people can just go cruising. It's not solely about getting from Point A to Point B, it's about going out and having a good time.”
EasyRider's dispatch number is 205-216-8068. For information about the company, visit www.easyridercabs.com.
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