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- “Pedicabista” Hector inspects his pedicab before heading to his route. The zebra stripes and logo pay homage to Tijuana’s infamous “Zonkeys.”
By, Sept. 26, 2012
It’s hot in Tijuana this afternoon, and Juan’s face is flushed and beaded with sweat after pedaling up and down Avenida Revolución for the past half hour under the implacable Mexican sun. Juan is a pedaling propellant of the latest mode of public transportation to hit the city — a pedicabista — and he powers an Ecopedicab around downtown Tijuana.
Story author takes a ride in a Tijuana pedicab.
The pedicabs are a space-age variant of the traditional Chinese rickshaw, those people-powered transportation devices oft seen in Asia cities, whereby a two-wheeled cart is pulled along by a running man. The “pedi” part comes in at the front end, which is essentially a bicycle connected to a cart, a mechanical centaur, of sorts, half man, half mechanical horse. The craft is constructed of lightweight metals and features a battery-powered “assist” motor that amplifies the force and power of the pedicabista’s pedaling, should the need arise.
Pedicab transportation systems have burgeoned all over North America’s cities in recent years. New York, Chicago, Boston, Portland, and Seattle have outfits dedicated to the business. San Diegans have been familiar with them in the Gaslamp Quarter for more than a decade, and the trend has migrated southward, most recently into San Ysidro, where pedicabs pick up passengers along the route that runs from the San Ysidro trolley terminal to the Las Americas Premium Outlets shopping center, located along the U.S. side of the border.
Hector, another pedicabista, senses my intrigue with the cabs lined up at their base camp, a custom leather goods shop on the corner of 7th and Revolución, and he playfully rings a bell mounted on the handlebars. Nattily attired in a floral-print Hawaiian shirt and jeans, Hector gives the lowdown on the Ecopedicab operation and its introduction into the environs of downtown TJ. The loquacious and bilingual Hector tells me, in English, that the cabs run a route along Avenida Revolución, downtown Tijuana’s main street, from the Grand Arch, adjacent to the Nelson Hotel and Plaza Santa Cecilia, where the mariachi never ends (and where I learned that a whiskey shot glass stuffed into a trumpet’s bell functions quite effectively as a mute), all the way up to 9th Street, where one of the more upscale “gentlemen’s clubs” is located. Along the way, you’ll pass the newly resurgent 6th Street, whose myriad watering holes cater to the twentysomething crowd; Sanborns Mexican department store and restaurant; Hotel Caesar’s, home of the original Caesar salad; Las Pulgas’ cavernous live concert and boxing venue; the Jai Alai Palace and Caliente Sports Book, erected in the 1940s; Tijuana Tilly’s restaurant; and other eating and drinking emporiums located along TJ’s main drag.
Hector lifts the passenger seat and points out the electrical accoutrements that equip the modern pedicab — the battery-powered assist motor, turn signals, horn, and hydraulic braking system. Considering all of this, it is hard to believe that the pedicabs are purchased for around 1000 bucks, from China.
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