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    Default Sacramento Approves Pedicabs!!!!

    Finally, after almost a year of "jumping through hoops", the Sacramento City Council approved a pedicab ordinance. Considering our flat terrain, good weather and lousy air quality, it is a "no brainer".

    I have been following the NYC fiasco for months and wonder if California will consider banning electric assisted pedicabs. While we operate Main Street Pedicabs which are human powered, others are choosing to utilize electric assisted units. As far as I can determine, the electric assited units are MOPEDS under the vehicle code.

    Any feedback would be appreciated. If you are visiting the Capitol City, give me a shout....

    Neil Lubin
    Sacramento Rickshaw Company

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    Good work, Neil! Way to stick with it!
    Now that you have an ordinance, do you see others who are going to "sign up". Does law enforcement know how to spot an "illegal pedaler"?
    And, is there a limit as to the number of pedicabs that can operate?

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    Smile Sacramento Pedicabs

    As of this month, there are only 2 operators..I have 4 Main Street units and another guy has 3 Velobabs. The city is going to affix a medallion on all approved pedicabs. At this point, all the bike cops know me and I know them. If the industry grows, identifying unlicensed operators may be an issue.

    BTW, can anyone weigh in on the status of electric assited Velocabs?? All the information I have read clearly defines them as mopeds.

    If you see a red pedicab tattooed with Fat Tire Ale graphics while visiting Sacramento, give a big HOWDY!!!

    Your in Zero Emission,
    Neil Lubin
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    Default A moment of hope in NYC!

    NEW YORK: Thurs March 15:
    MAYOR MIKE: PLEASE VETO THE BILL!

    In an amazing and unanticipated move, at yesterday's fairly routine appointment New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg had at City Hall to sign several bills recently passed by the City Council, at the prompting of several pedicab industry members as well as weeks of lobbying, he paused and reflected upon this bill -- Intro 331A or 331B (however you're counting) and decided not to sign it. Among measures to improve nightclub safety and a discussion of metal vs. wood bats in high school baseball games, the pedicab regulatory bill caught the mayor's attention. 4 bills were signed, but the signature line on Intro 331 remained empty at the end of the event.

    [IMAGE: see NY Times Metro Section page 2: NYCPOA board member and Green Transporters co-founder Doug Korman explains why this bill hurts the industry]
    see: http://www.amny.com/news/local/am-pedicab0315,0,6183285.story?coll=am-topheadlines
    [IMAGE: See METRO NY full page ad NYCPOA took out 02/21/07 asking for Mayor to reconsider and not put a cap on the industry in our links section]
    see: http://www.nycpoa.org/info/index.htm
    See: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/15/nyregion/15council.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

    According to the Mayor's spokesperson, Stu Loeser, as recorded by the New York Times, "The Mayor listened, and in light of the concerns he heard, he decided that since he has more time to act, he'll take advantage of that." Mr. Loeser added that the Mayor has until March 30 to act. If the Mayor vetoes the bill, the Council can still go ahead and override the veto, OR, the bill must be amended and put forth to a vote again. See: Metro Section, page 2.

    The Daily News (see page 12) reported the Mayor's exact words were: "I want to think about it." The Daily News further reported that this is the FIRST TIME EVER in his administration's history that a bill presented to him at a signing ceremony was instead not signed at the last minute.
    According to an insider at the Mayor's office, who asked to remain anonymous, this move was completely unforeseen.

    AM New York's coverage included a full front page image with the caption: "SPARED: In Surprise, Mayor Stops Short of Approving Pedicab Restrictions" Featured is a Mainstreet Pedicabs "Broadway" model, appropriately. Continuing its coverage inside, pedicab calendar artist Melissa von Ludwig remarks "I still can't believe we had that affect on the mayor. Mayor Bloomberg, don't just talk the talk, walk the walk."

    In the New York Post today, former NYCPOA president George Bliss (who has moved on to co-found Green Transporters) is quoted saying "I guess we should be hopeful. This law was intended to disrupt, to hurt our industry and make people unsuccessful."

    Indeed, this interpretation can be backed up by the words of NY City Council member G. Oliver Koppell, who serves on the committee that wrote this bill, during the February 28, 2007 voting session. Mr. Koppell first admitted just before casting his vote that he wasn't sure if 325 was the right number. But then he further revealed that the intention was to make the bill deliberately tough to thin pedicabbing ranks and not to let pedicabs affect the value of a taxi medallion. However, no one during any of the three hearings presented any evidence that the value of an NYC taxi medallion (traded on NYSE) has suffered a bit in the last 12 plus years of pedicabs in NYC. Our research shows it has only continued to climb.

    PEDICAB BUSINESS OWNERS: Don't forget, your taxes are due to NY City Dept of Finance and NY State Corporation Tax. It's March 15th!

    -peter meitzler
    Acting NYCPOA President

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    Congratulations Neil! This is such great news! Be sure to let us know if you have any questions.
    Teri
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sacramento Rickshaw Co. View Post
    BTW, can anyone weigh in on the status of electric assited Velocabs?? All the information I have read clearly defines them as mopeds.
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    Dunno the situation in N.America but here in Europe an electric assisted pedicab's classification can be determined by the power and type of the electric engine.

    If,

    it is an 'assist' engine only, ie) does not propel the vehicle without human muscular involvement and

    its output is below 250watts

    it is classed as a bicycle/tricycle and should be treated as such with regards road rules/insurance etc..

    This specific E.U directive was formed and based explicitly on the veloform City cruiser as it has been operating so successfully in Germany and on the continent for many years.

    Its the same for electric assisted bicycles.. what about them? Would they be classed as motorbikes? thankfully not..

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    In Florida, bicycles may have electric assist motors up to 200 watts. Pedicabs qualify as bicycles in the Sunshine State.
    Breathe free,

    HEW
    Earth Shuttle Pedalcab
    Orlando, Florida
    www.pedalcab.us

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