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Bikevertising hits Tucson streets

filed under: Pedicab News — Importer @ 6:34 pm March 4th, 2010

When Bill Wildman was approached about buying advertising on a bicycle, he was convinced the idea was so good he decided to buy his own billboard bicycle instead.

Wildman, who owns Malibu Yogurt at 825 E. University Blvd, uses his Main Street Pedicabs manufactured Billboard Bike to get to and from his store.

“Because it is my bike and because I ride it, I can park it just like any other car,” Wildman said.


Bicycle rickshaw offers Sacramento River Trail rides

filed under: Pedicab News — Importer @ 4:59 pm February 16th, 2010

By David Brenda

Popular at such tourist haunts as Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, the bicycle rickshaw has arrived at the Sundial Bridge in Redding.

Bob Frost, a 57-year-old retired U.S. Forest Service worker, opened Sundial Pedicabs last month.

Starting with one cab and operating intermittently when weather permits, Frost will take visitors around the Sundial Bridge, along the Sacramento River Trail and even through the McConnell Arboretum at Turtle Bay Exploration Park.


Never Too Old: ‘Rickshaw Willie’ a Hometown Hit

filed under: Pedicab News — Importer @ 6:11 pm December 24th, 2009

By Dan Werner

“Hey, Rickshaw Willie,” someone calls out as Tim Wilhelm drives his Pedicab down Main Street in Akron, Ohio. It’s a common occurrence these days, as Wilhelm, aka “Rickshaw Willie,” has become somewhat of a local celebrity.

“Everybody has to have their picture taken with Rickshaw Willie,” Wilhelm says. “People are hugging me all the time, and kids will run out to the edge of the curb to high-five me as I drive down the road. Even some local business owners came up to me while I was eating dinner and told my wife that I had become a downtown Akron icon.”

But it was only about a year ago when the 54-year-old Wilhelm found himself depressed and at a crossroads in his life. A truck driver for 31 years, Wilhelm became the victim of a sagging economy when the trucking company he works for merged with another and then decided to take him out of his truck and onto the loading dock.

“It was about the lowest point I had ever been in my life,” he says. “I didn’t know if I’d pull out of the depression, but I’m not a quitter, so I kept thinking about what I could do.”


A New Cycle

filed under: Pedicab News — Importer @ 5:06 pm December 23rd, 2009

By Jessica Harp, Envy Magazine

Ricky Grunden, a 22-year-old student at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, mounts his Trek Road Bike every morning to pedal the 10 minutes through shaded neighborhoods to campus.  He rides his bike to work, to the gym, to friend’s apartments and even into Downtown.  He rides his bike everywhere.  But Grunden also has a Toyota 4Runner sitting in the garage of his duplex.

“Our country is at a constant rate of increase concerning urbanization,” said Grunden.  “As that happens, cities are becoming friendlier toward bike transportation and it’s good because you can get around faster and you don’t need money for gas.”

Grunden is not the only one researching inexpensive alternatives into his daily routine because of the economy.  According to data from Bike Europe published in May 2009, bike imports to the United States exceeded car sales in the same country by $.4 million.  This means that over the course of several years, the demand for bicycles rose, which in turn stepped up production, making bikes appear as a more logical alternative to cars as a primary source of transportation.


Man and dog embark on 10,000-mile trek in pedal pickup

filed under: Pedicab News — Importer @ 8:08 pm December 4th, 2009

Sean Robinson and his dog, Cooper, have embarked on a one-year, 10,000-mile trek around the United States. And the two best friends will be making the journey in a Main Street Pedal Pickup.

Sean and Cooper began their adventure in New York City in October and are currently somewhere between South Carolina and Georgia.

After struggling with his old, heavy, three-speed rickshaw, Sean contacted Main Street Pedicabs to see if the pedicab manufacturer could provide him with a better, lighter vehicle.

“It was a no-brainer,” says Dan Werner, Director of Sales and Marketing at Main Street. “Our 21-speed pedal pickup not only provides Sean with a lighter, safer ride, but it also gives Cooper a safe spot in the truck bed.”


Once a tourist attraction, pedicabs grow in everyday use

filed under: Pedicab News — Importer @ 4:55 pm November 11th, 2009

By Rachel Kipp, The News Journal

NEWARK, Del. — Downtowns, particularly college towns, make room — and rules — for new pedicabs.

Pedicabs, adult-size tricycles with room in the back for passengers, have gone from the occasional tourist attraction to a more prominent means of public transportation, prompting a race by cities to beef up safety ordinances amid backlash from automobile cab operators.


Flick-shaw: World’s smallest cinema on a Main Street Pedicab

filed under: Pedicab News — Importer @ 9:17 pm September 30th, 2009

Ah! A Flick-shaw, it’s a 126cm by 130cm London rickshaw designed to be an incredibly comfortable way to catch movies on the move.

Done in honor for the Virgin Media Shorts Awards at the BFI, the Flick-shaw is a luxurious two-seater cinema. The mobile cinema, which is perhaps the smallest in the world, is fitted with red velvet seats, a bespoke screen and curtains draping down to the floor. The entire set-up comes complete with surround sound speakers, popcorns, drinks and… and two lovely usherettes. The Flick-saw was seen on the London streets showing 12 short movies listed for the Virgin Media Shorts Awards.

Five questions with two pedicab drivers

filed under: Pedicab News — Importer @ 7:29 pm August 25th, 2009

NAPERVILLE, IL – Bus drivers have the wave. Pedi-cab drivers have the bell.

Every time Brett and Matt Dingeldein pass each other while operating one of their pedi-cabs, they salute each other by ringing the bell.

“We’ve got both hands on the handlebars when we’re pedaling,” Brett said. “The bell is right there by your thumb, so it’s a good way to say ‘Hi.’ And we ring the bell at everybody downtown.”

Since Memorial Day, the father and son have operated Green Street Pedicabs, which offers pedi-cab service around downtown Naperville. Brett, 57, got the idea for the business two years ago. While working out, he was listening to Marketplace on National Public Radio. As host Kai Ryssdal talked about being in the Far East and using pedi-cabs as a method of transportation, inspiration struck. (more…)

Enjoy ocean air and sunshine from a Pedicab

filed under: Pedicab News — Importer @ 10:54 pm June 2nd, 2009

Ocean Isle Beach visitors and residents have a new option for
traveling around the island this summer.

Coastal Bike Cabs, a new pedicab service, begins operations here in
early June. Pedicabs are bicycle-driven pedestrian taxis that offer an
environmentally friendly alternative to short-distance travel.

“It’s a great way to see our island and visit restaurants and shops
while enjoying the fresh air,” says Betsy Palmer, owner of Coastal
Bike Cabs. (more…)

HUMAN POWER: ‘Wheel” potential for this sustainability initiative

filed under: Pedicab News — Importer @ 9:35 pm March 20th, 2009

By Dave Jones of Dateline UCDavis

Groundskeeper Mike Griffith is among the one-quarter of Davis campus employees who bicycle to work. But Griffith takes it a step farther. Actually, he keeps on pedaling — after switching from his commute bike to his work bike.

Not just any old bike, but a professional-grade three-wheeler with heavy suspension, 21 gears and hydraulically operated rear disk brakes — and a custom-made cargo bed to haul his work gear, or loads of dirt and mulch.

“This is UC Davis-friendly,” said Griffith, whose 20-year career with Buildings and Grounds puts him smack-dab in the middle of a sea of bicycles every day as he rakes and prunes and sprays.

In switching to the work bike, Griffith voluntarily gave up his gas-powered cart — the ultimate in environmentally friendly gestures. (more…)

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