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Mayor Ed Lee recently convened representatives from San Francisco’s three pedicab companies to gain a some perspective about the pedicab business in San Francisco.
The mayor was primarily interested in how pedicabs can be of service to the Embarcadero given the upcoming possibilities the Warriors stadium and other upgrades to the waterfront area. He observed pedicabs moving easily through the streets where cars often cannot.
The meeting took place at Red’s Java House on the Embarcadero; also in attendance were the Executive Director of the Port and a manager of the SFMTA. Topics ranged from more pedicab routes throughout San Francisco, including through Golden Gate Park, and even the possibility of electric assist pedicabs being made legal.
Time will tell what comes to pass, but the overall message was powerful – keeping the city in close touch with pedicab companies is in everyone’s best interest – we can all be of service to each other.
Cabrio riders are on the move! Our fearless leader - Geoff - talks a lot about "lifestyle" - the 'why' in why we do what we do. The theory is; the quality of life as a pedicabber - freedom of schedule, staying physically active, and being outside all the time - is appealing to a certain group of individuals, even at the cost of higher paying 'real-er' jobs.
The best and the worst thing about pedicabbing is that it attracts these kinds of people - interesting, creative, and ultimately, adventurous. Everyone embodies this differently - some take different seasonal jobs around California and the world, others have part time work else where, and some people work steadily until they're ready to hit the road again.
On Tuesday, Cabrio Taxi pedicabber Bobby Gadda and his new wife Alix took off of the second leg of their world bike tour. They started in Vancouver, and have spent the last year in San Francisco, resting up and prepping for part two - all the way to Panama. With Bobby on his tall bike, and both of them so loaded down (with all their worldly possessions!) they are sure to be a spectacle everywhere they good. Best of luck to you both!
While we don't plan on seeing Bobby around any time soon, other adventurers Kyle Albery and Micah Davis will be back soon enough, but not before dropping off 4 black pedicabs in Detroit - the beginnings of Motor City Pedicabs!
Kyle, a Detroit native, bought the bikes and took a harrowing journey across the country along with Micah to deliver the bikes. They'll be back soon enough with reports of how things kicked off.
Over the next few months the Cabrio riders will be stretching to the far reaches of the world - New Zealand, Thailand, South America, and more. We can't help it, the "lifestyle" is too good!
Cabrio Taxi Pedicabber Jordan represented the SF Pedicab Community at the Jefferson Street re-opening last week. Jefferson Street, on Fisherman's Wharf between Hyde and Jones, has been closed for construction for the past several months to make it more safe and pedestrian friendly. There is now more sidewalk space, the street is two ways, and the pedestrian crossings are more reliable and quick. These updates will benefit visitors for the America's Cup as well as the millions of tourists who visit San Francisco each year. For pedicab drivers, the improved street area means more safety and more fun - less fighting with traffic = happier drivers and passengers.
Bikes, segways, scooters, and several other forms of transportation turned out for the opening parade. Jordan had a chance to chat with the mayor, and as it turns out, Mayor Ed Lee - "Loves pedicabs!"
Cabrio loves you, too, Mayor Lee. Come get a pedicab ride from us anytime.
Team Cabrio Taxi has formed to ride in this year's AIDS/LifeCycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles on June 2 - 8. It's 545 miles over 7 days to support a great cause. If you'd like to make a donation and learn more about our riders, visit our team fundraising page below.
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The collections of the sadly shuttered Pedaling History Museum in Orchard Park, NY are up for auction in a few weeks at the Copake Auction House in New York State's beautiful and currently freezing Hudson Valley. Copake is THE place for antique bicycle aficionados who usually convene during Copake's main bicycle auction in April of each year, when the weather is more hospitable. This year, Copake has planned three auction dates just for its bicycles and bicycle-related auctions, so they are serious about their bikes.
It's a wild ride, and if you want to learn about bicycle design, sidecars, and bicycling history, this is the place to learn. Father and son owners and auctioneers Mike and Seth Fallon infuse their quick talking auction speak with the history and significance of each item; its easy to see their love of bikes.