DENVER – As more than 50,000 visitors hit the streets of Denver for the Democratic National Convention, there seems to be one color that keeps coming to mind: green.
Convention planners and the city of Denver are making sure this once-in-a-lifetime event is as eco-friendly as possible.
For Casey Bobay, co-owner of Mile High Pedi-cabs, green is creating green and pedal power is paying off.
“We’ve been doing round about 17-hour days during the DNC. We’re the most convenient green-friendly transportation down here right now .Yesterday, I had 42 missed calls in an hour of people wanting rides,” said Bobay.
Kirk Dornbush is from Atlanta. He says it cost $12 to go roughly a mile in a pedi-cab.
“Pedi-cabs are lean, green, convertible machines. They are the only way to go, it’s just awesome. They are quick. The drivers are courteous and it’s a green way to get around the city. I have not taken a fuel-burning cab yet and I will not. The pedi-cabs are the only way to go,” said Dornbush.
Bobay says he has 40 pedi-cabs on the street, each one rented to its driver for $500 this week. All are working around the clock right now, charging roughly $2 a block. All are hoping for a generous tip.
“We are definitely doing better business, probably at least twice the revenue we’re normally doing down here. The DNC is definitely significantly helping us out. We can ride in the bike lane, weave in and out of traffic, we can even hit up a couple of sidewalks here and there,” said Bobay.
Normally, Mile High Pedi-cabs charges its drivers $150 to $200 for pedi-cab rental. Because business is so good this week, the price has jumped to $500.
Mile High Pedi-cabs has been in business for 15 years.
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