Pedicabs Protest New Regulations

Pedicabs took to the streets yesterday to protest the City’s new regulations on New York’s greenest for-hire transportation industry. In a press release, The Green Transport Association says that City Council Speaker Christine Quinn "dealt pedicabs a crushing blow capping our number at 325 city-wide" — a reported 35 percent reduction in the pedicab workforce:

Pedicabs are New York’s only zero-emission livery service. There has never been a fatality on a pedicab in the industry’s twelve unregulated years. Pedicabs pose no threat to the value of yellow cab medallions. We demand that the city council amend its regulation law to remove the cap and bans on pedicabs. Our leaders must encourage, not crush solutions to our fossil fuel dependency.

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In the News:

  • Pedicabs Roll Down Broadway, Picking Up Tourists And Pissing Off Cabbies (NYPress)
  • Pedicab Owners Protest Pending Regulation (City Room)
  • Pedicab Drivers Ride in Protest (AMNY)
  • Pedicab News

Photos: NYCArthur/Flickr

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