Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 11 to 18 of 18

Thread: Three Hospitalized After Trolley Hits Pedicab

  1. #11
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Barcelona, Spain
    Posts
    1,060
    Thanked: 23
    Rep Power
    10

    Default Company identification at pedicabs

    Hi,

    each of our pedicabs has an different number at the top at the roof (with the web address). As long as we are the only pedicab operator in town the police will not have any problem to identify our company ;-) but it is important from my point of view to have individual numbers. Any citizen may complain about a concrete pedicab (time / number of the pedicab).

    I agree: A number which helps to identify the pedicab, a phone number or a web address is a MUST!!!

    Richard said something very important: "If you don't police yourselves, then somebody else will do it for you."

    Right. Right. Right. Do controls by yourself before the local police will do it for you! Or worse: The neighbours.

    Our "rules" in Barcelona:
    - Respect the traffic laws
    - Respect the traffic laws
    - Respect the traffic laws
    - Respect the traffic laws
    - Respect the traffic laws
    - Respect the traffic laws

    - Be friendly with the police. They are doing their job!
    - Never cheat a client
    - Never cheat a pedicabber
    - No drugs, no beer - from 11 a.m to 8 pm
    - Keep your pedicab clean
    - Be at the time picking up your pedicab.
    - Respect the fares we marked. We are not prostitutes! We are not expensive. We are not cheap. Our price is ok. Basic fares are not negotiable.

    We have an internal "donation system". Crossing a red traffic light = 20 Euros donation to Greenpeace or "Bicycle Foundation Barcelona". Crossing the second time a red traffic light: Kick ass. Go to Mc Donald or set up your own pedicab company and show me how the biz works. OK. I have just 8 pedicabs and only 12 drivers working 20 days a month. But: Safety first. It doesn't matter if you have 1 or 100 pedicabs. Try to do a good work even with just one pedicab.

    We give a huge pedicab manual to the drivers with their rights and their obligations. We do an intensive training and we take the time to explain everything. We do not giving jobs to people who just are passing Barcelona...

    We reduce everything to a short sentence: "Respect all others and you will get their respect."

    I am dreaming about an European or even better a World Pedicab Federation. A big round table talking about standards for our industry. Anual meetings and finding solutions for our growing sector.




    Last edited by Trixi.com; 20-07-2005 at 02:56.
    Saludos

    Gerald
    Admin www.PedicabForum.com

    Our company site:
    www.trixi.com

    Other web sites:
    www.Bicicleta.es





  2. #12
    robin850's Avatar
    robin850 Guest

    Default

    I too, long for a world organization.

    If the stories portrayed in "Chasing Rickshaws" are accurate, i do not think we will have much participation from some countries. Europe, UK, Canada, US, Australia, New Zealand are likely to participate more.

    We must ask ourselves, what would the goals of the federation be? What do members contribute and what do they receive? I am not talking about money, I mean what sort of information/opportunities/structures/guidelines/benefits/etc. would be exchanged?

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Barcelona, Spain
    Posts
    1,060
    Thanked: 23
    Rep Power
    10

    Default Pedicab Federation

    I see a lot of work to do:

    What could a Worldwide Pedicab Federation do?
    -
    represents and defends the sector at international, European, federal and regional level
    - Lobbying with politicians
    - Newsletters, Forum, Directory of the industry.
    - Starting Point for everybody interested in pedicabs
    - Test / Reviews of pedicabs / trailers
    - Job-Pool
    - Annual meetings (small fair trade / exhibition)
    - Promoting pedicabs via press
    - Consulting
    - Participation in public hearings and on committees to represent the needs of pedicabs


    But the first step could be an "European Round Table" and an "American Round Table". And there we could find out if there is really a need and the goodwill to do something like this.

    Just an idea.

    Saludos

    Saludos

    Gerald
    Admin www.PedicabForum.com

    Our company site:
    www.trixi.com

    Other web sites:
    www.Bicicleta.es





  4. #14
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    London
    Posts
    1,006
    Thanked: 12
    Rep Power
    14

    Exclamation NOT LPOA but LTDA

    Correction Richard Shaw, LPOA is 'London Pedicab Operators Association', the bad boys are LTDA 'London Taxi Drivers Association' (& Westminster Council)

    LPOA don't 'tar & feather' (though LTDA would like to) & have been running a data base to keep track of bad riding, as most of this is just bad training. With the licencing due in December riders will need to keep a higher standard or I'll be needing a new job (which would suck big time ).

    The other point of policing is that if 'they' police the pedicab industry, then we will be wiped out just by the additional cost through licencing (which would include all additional expenses & staff).


    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Shaw
    What's needed is for pedicab companies to add one of those "How is my driving? Call xxx-xxx-xxxx" signs on the back of each pedicab. If there's a valid complaint against a driver, then the company should refuse to let the driver rent out a pedicab again. There shouldn't be a blacklist of drivers, but every company should realize that bad drivers with repeated complaints reflect badly on the entire industry, allowing organizations like LPOA to tar and feather all pedicabs with the same brush. After watching their video, I admit they have some good points about safety. It's always the same story: If you don't police yourselves, then somebody else will do it for you.
    Last edited by tdayuk; 30-07-2005 at 15:52. Reason: correction

  5. #15
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    London
    Posts
    1,006
    Thanked: 12
    Rep Power
    14

    Thumbs up World pedicab federation

    It gives strength, when you can lobby your goverment for some rights (just look at the farming) but you can only do that when you have your industry behind you.

    Information sharing also gives better protection & a future business.

    Quote Originally Posted by Trixi.com
    I see a lot of work to do:

    What could a Worldwide Pedicab Federation do?
    - represents and defends the sector at international, European, federal and regional level
    - Lobbying with politicians
    - Newsletters, Forum, Directory of the industry.
    - Starting Point for everybody interested in pedicabs
    - Test / Reviews of pedicabs / trailers
    - Job-Pool
    - Annual meetings (small fair trade / exhibition)
    - Promoting pedicabs via press
    - Consulting
    - Participation in public hearings and on committees to represent the needs of pedicabs


    But the first step could be an "European Round Table" and an "American Round Table". And there we could find out if there is really a need and the goodwill to do something like this.

    Just an idea.

    Saludos


  6. #16
    fredthehare's Avatar
    fredthehare Guest

    Default

    I think we are all on the same page with this, but first we need to all start on a smaller level like your state/provance of operation. Get all pedi cab owners/operaters together and set the basic guidlines of operation, then present them to your state reps to have them entered into law.Keep in mind that the final goal is for all states to be able to come together and assest others. and before you know it there will be a world federation of pedicab. But we have to keep in mind that some states are harder, and stricter then others, so we cant set the bar to high but we still need to consider there are still a lot of virgin teritory in the US. and thats all I have to say about that.
    Quote Originally Posted by tdayuk
    It gives strength, when you can lobby your goverment for some rights (just look at the farming) but you can only do that when you have your industry behind you.

    Information sharing also gives better protection & a future business.

  7. #17
    fredthehare's Avatar
    fredthehare Guest

    Default

    I think this type of behaviour is not the way to handle this problem. every owner should put there operators through an 8 hour hands on course after a writen exam. then periodocaly follow the cab through town and observe how they operate your cab. (Thats how I do it with my cabs.) And for those of you with money,desier,and a new pedi cab, I hope you have the sence to do what is needed to operate saftly. A quick story for all, There was a man in Ohio USA who bought 3 new pedicabs in 2000, because he rode one in Florida while on vacation.This man never operated a pedicab befor in his life, and did the best he could with the mind set "this is just like riding a bike", Well after causing 6 documented accedents in a course of 3 months the city he operated in inpounded all his cabs and wrote a new city ordence stating that these types of bikes can't be operated withen the city. And that is how I got my first 3 bikes only 3 months old from this city's impound in sep 2004. And the moral of this story is simple, If you don't police yourself the police will.
    Quote Originally Posted by robin850
    i agree with having a method of notifying the pedicab company about how their drivers are doing (the "how's my driving?" sign). i will add that to my graphic layout next week.


    /shields up/

    i am wondering if we can perhaps use this forum as the beginnings of a body for reporting good (and bad) behaviour. for example:

    "how's my driving? www.pedicabforum.com"

    a link for reporting good/bad behaviour would be a simple matter. a form with required fields for reporting would not be hard to do. i do believe that the real work would be involved in validating and contacting those that make reports prior to posting the report in the public areas of the forum.
    /shields off/

  8. #18
    fredthehare's Avatar
    fredthehare Guest

    Default

    Out of pure curosity what company is giving you advice? and are they charging you? there is a guy in new york who charges 75.00 for consulting. Please tell me your not using him.
    Quote Originally Posted by robin850
    I have been in contact with a few pedicab companies, one of which i have retained for consulting. They spell out what is and what is not acceptable behaviour for drivers quite plainly. I applaud the LPOA for their similar approach and their tenacity in the face of madness.

    I wish we could get some action going here in the states to form an organization similar to the LPOA.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. NEW PEDICAB -Maxpro again hits the streets of London
    By Yendrek3 in forum Talk, Talk, Talk - English
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 28-05-2007, 00:46
  2. Russia: St. Petersburg: New Form of Transport Hits City Streets
    By Trixi.com in forum News posted by our users (English)
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 24-08-2006, 21:33
  3. Bus hits rickshaw in city: one killed
    By Trixi.com in forum News posted by our users (English)
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 17-02-2005, 22:46

Visitors found this page by searching for:

Nobody landed on this page from a search engine, yet!
SEO Blog

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •