Today’s Rally Against Pedicab Regulations


Chad Marlow of the Public Advocacy Group is at the podium.

Concerned pedicab owners, drivers and their supporters met on the
steps of City Hall at noon to lift the veil off ongoing negotiations to
reconcile the Mayor’s and City Council’s pedicab regulation bills.

What we want is something that addresses the problem of bunching up. A cap doesn’t address that. [The city] seems more interested in a symbolic solution than an actual one.

  • Eric Edelstein

    When visiting New York last year, I was appalled by the traffic in Manhattan. A simple cab ride lasting a few blocks, could take as long as 45 minutes.

    What I couldn’t understand is why there isn’t more innovative methods of transport like they have in Asia?

    Methods such as tuk-tuk’s, cycling, motorbikes etc? Is it because of safety concerns that more people don’t use these methods of transport in Manhattan?

  • 我是一名中国人,我支持你们!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nicolo Macchiavelli

    The Pedi-Cabs need a union.

  • Bikes, not cars

    I was there today. They did a great job of making this about jobs, small businesses and the environment. Kudos to the organizers.

  • ddartley

    I support Int. 75 rather than 331, and I think the pedicab operators also support 75. 331 has the cap on the number of pedicabs allowed, which is a result of the “NO!” reflex, which is what local governments often exhibit in response to sudden positive innovation. 331 also contains the similarly boneheaded “don’t let them in parks” line. I think 75 avoids both of those.

  • ddartley

    Oh, I just now read the hand-held signs in the photo in this story. What’s wrong with Int. 75? Or 75a? Is it the electric-assist thing? “Political Deal Results In ….” doesn’t identify the bills by their number, so maybe I’m missing something in supporting 75.

  • Mordecai

    @YiyEr: quick (Google-aided) translation:

    “I am a Chinese person, and I support you”.

  • Props to Councilmember Alan Gerson for showing up, addressing the crowd, and demonstrating an understanding of the issues. It’s too bad that the press seems to be overlooking our friend inside the Council.

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