Today’s Headlines

  • Tunney Proposes Ordinance That Would Limit Number of Pedicabs (Sun-Times)
  • Despite CTA Claims Decrowding is Working, Numbers Show Mixed Results (RedEye)
  • Wrigley Parking Garage is Still a Possibility, Tunney Says (DNA)
  • Metra/CTA Package Could Save Money for Riders During Red Line Rehab (Sun-Times)
  • Police Say Spring Grove Woman Slipped and Fell Under Own Rolling Van (Tribune)
  • 85-Year-Old Woman Killed by Car in Elmhurst (Tribune)
  • 1 Dead, 2 Injured in Crash on Outbound Kennedy Near Cumberland (Tribune)
  • Warrenville Cops Seek Witnesses After “Bicycle Strikes Semi,” Injuring Rider (Tribune)
  • Limo Driver Taking Kids to Prom Arrested for Drunk Driving in Oswego (Tribune)
  • Ride of Silence Takes Place This Wednesday (EARAB)
  • Bicycle Retailer Tours Chicago Bike Shops (BRAIN)
  • Parking NIMBYs Are Our Allies in Beating Back the “War on Cars” (LSD)

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  • CL

    A bit of regulation would be fine, but right now the proposed ordinance on pedicabs seems like it’s really overreaching — limiting them to just 200? I also don’t see the point of banning them from congested areas. Also, I don’t think we need to ban them from determining the fare based on demand, conditions, whatever, as long as they state the price up front.

  • I agree that some regulation is needed. I’ve heard from other pedicab operators that there are some rogue pedicabbers, mostly young people in the country on student visas, who have been ripping people off and generally acting unprofessional, so it makes sense to require a license. But limiting the numbers makes no sense and banning them from congested areas would be counterproductive – by replacing cab and private car trips, pedicabs help relieve congestion.

  • iskandr

    Too bad Metra is unwilling to simply accept CTA passes for service within Chicago. The Electric and Rock Island tracks have huge unused capacity.

  • BlueFairlane

    I tend to think a numerical limitation makes sense simply from a market standpoint. I really don’t know what pedicab demand is, but I think it’s a fairly soft market with a real ceiling. Capping the number helps ensure that the market doesn’t flood, and that the people who are out there actually have enough business to make a living. If demand seems to exceed what 200 pedicabbies can supply, then we can notch the number up. But keeping it a free-for-all just makes it that more likely that pedicabbies fail, and the business is stuck with short-timers who haven’t realized they can’t make anything yet.

  • I think the CTA has portable fare boxes that Metra could use to do such a thing.

  • I’m trying to find out how many currently pedicabbers there are.