For good of San Antonio, free city’s pedicabs
By Brian Chasnoff, Express-News columnist
Updated 11:42 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, 2012
For years, the city has imposed silly, overly strict regulations on pedicab drivers, who peddle people in carriages to and from downtown locations on bicycles.
The three laws that bug them the most: They can’t work after midnight; they can’t stop peddling unless they’re dropping people off or picking people up; and they can’t peddle at all on Commerce, Market, St. Mary’s or Navarro streets, or on César Chávez Boulevard.
In November, Julian and others in the pedicab industry began working with the city’s Transportation Advisory Board to craft a more rational ordinance for consideration by City Council.
The concessions they won were significant: The curfew was extended to 3 a.m.; they were allowed to stop in commercial loading zones; and they were allowed to work on all downtown streets.
Then the bike cops caught wind of it, complained and kicked the ordinance back to the TAB.
Here are a few other candid gems:
“Once traffic gets messed up, and you have situations, then you throw in additional horse carriages or pedicabs, it makes our job a lot harder.”
Again, the recalcitrant lieutenant: “One reason I know is, after 12, that’s when things start picking up for bike patrol, especially on weekend nights. Things start happening, and we don’t need additional work.”
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