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The City Council passed an ordinance to regulate the pedicab industry. The Chicago Pedicab Association opposed the Loop restriction.The City Council passed an ordinance to regulate the pedicab industry.… (Leonor Vivanco/RedEye )

Pedicabs are no longer allowed downtown during weekday rush hour periods, and they will be banned entirely on Michigan Avenue and State Street, under an ordinance approved by the City Council on Wednesday.

The restriction means that residents and tourists won't be able to get a pedicab ride down Michigan Avenue during Lollapalooza or the Taste of Chicago in Grant Park.

They are banned from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday from the area bounded by the Chicago River to the north and west, Lake Michigan to the east, and Congress Parkway to the south. Michigan Avenue and State Street are off-limits at all times from Congress Parkway to Oak Street.

The ordinance was passed despite more than 600 signatures on a petition urging that ban be lifted.

"Michigan Avenue and State Street in particular are where our customer base is, " T.C. O'Rourke, a board member of the Chicago Pedicab Association, said outside City Hall on Wednesday. "It's where people want to go when they hail us in other places. It's the streets that we need to showcase when we take people on tours."

Ald. Tom Tunney (44th), the main sponsor of the ordinance, which is supported by residental and business organizations, said he has received safety complaints about pedicabs.

While pedicab operators said they support regulation including licensing, insurance and safety requirements, they believe Chicago's ordinance, specifically its operating restrictions, will harm the industry.

This ordinance caps the number of licensed pedicabs at 200.

The ordinance prohibits pedicabs from giving rides to more than four passengers at one time and riding pedicabs on sidewalks. While the city does not set fare rates, a pedicab fare schedule is required to be posted.

No passenger can drink alcohol while riding in a pedicab or whoever is caught drinking faces a fine of $1, 000 to $5, 000.

Pedicab owners need to get a $250 annual pedicab license for each pedicab and operators have to get $25 annual pedicab chauffeur licenses.

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