Mass Pedicab Ride on City Hall

Fair Regulation, Not Strangulation

No Cap, No Bans on Pedicab Industry

100 plus Pedicabs will ride en masse from Columbus Circle down Broadway to City Hall starting at noon. Media are invited to "embed" as pedicab passengers at any point during the ride.

2 p.m. press conference on City Hall steps will target City Council "FAVOR TO THE YELLOW TAXI MEDALLION OWNERS" Pedicab Regulation Bill 331A (now Public Law 19) set to take effect Sept. 20.

THIS LAW WILL PUT NEARLY HALF OUR INDUSTRY OUT OF BUSINESS BY A LOTTERY TO BE HELD IN 2 WEEKS. FLEET OWNERS WILL BE DECIMATED.

PEDICABS ARE NO THREAT TO THE TAXI INDUSTRY YET NEW YORK’S ONLY GREEN LIVERY SERVICE IS BEING CRUSHED BY NY CITY COUNCIL CRONYISM.

  • Gerg

    THIS LAW WILL PUT NEARLY HALF OUR INDUSTRY OUT OF BUSINESS BY A LOTTERY TO BE HELD IN 2 WEEKS. FLEET OWNERS WILL BE DECIMATED.

    Sounds like someone needs to check the definition of “decimated”

  • Gerg

    Or to put it another way, why are fleet owners getting preferential treatment over the rest of the industry?

  • P

    I guess it’s not to early to be pedantic!

    dec·i·mate (ds-mt)
    tr.v. dec·i·mat·ed, dec·i·mat·ing, dec·i·mates
    1. To destroy or kill a large part of (a group).

    I think most people understand the 1 in 10 definition isn’t the primary one…

  • Anon

    I am to understand that “decimated” is pretty much what will happen to fleets. It’s simple math. If your fleet shrinks a significant size as a result of this process, that’s decimation — unless you’re satisfied to run your business with less.

    I’m not sure that DCA can make a fair rule to enact an unfair law. At least many can agree that the pedicab regulations were harsh. If you were there when it passed, you might have been sitting next to medallion owners who were late for their golf outing to make sure the Speaker did what they paid her to do.

    Occupying oneself with an effort to get a favorable rule from the DCA process does nothing to change the fact that a bad law is still in effect. The effort needs to be focused on lawmakers and a heavily amended PL19.

    I remind the pedicab industry that there is still a ban on bike lane and bridges. There’s an effective ban from Times Square through pre-enforcement of laws that don’t exist yet and even “crimes” that haven’t been committed yet. You are suspect if you ride three wheels. Once the NYPD and Parks Dept really wave the magic wand, you’ll wish you’d fought to change the law, not a little rule change. Don’t underestimate the misuse of police powers. Pedicabs are bicycles and they will likely be treated like Critical Mass riders every working day. As far as I am concerned, the police are only warming up to take whatever fleets have left.

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