I just got off the train in San Francisco today. Here are some reflections on my trip to Portland, as it pertains to pedicab shops and riders. I am going to try to break it down to a list of things you need to do to ride, own a shop there.
1. Season Portland has a very short riding season. They operate optimally between May and September. The other months are cold enough to freeze most people out. The exception to this seems to be Kyle’s Shop (I forget the name. How do they achieve this? The ever popular canopy with plastic wraparound. Do not run without these in Portland if you want a chance of running all year round. Kyle also does a good job at two other things. He has worked out deals with many local businesses (mostly breweries) for tours. He also does a very good job with year round ad booking(something all of us in Austin could do better.
The rain also means that one needs much better gear to ride hear.
All in all, I would much rather pedicab in Austin.
Possibly the single most important pedicab meeting of our lives. Clear your schedule. Show up.
Marcy Cardona Says:
“I would like to invite all of you to a meeting here, 1111 Rio Grande, on August 23, 2012 at 2:00 pm. We will discuss a permanent cap and the issue of trailers versus trikes.
We hope to see all of you here.”
Marcy Cardona, Administrative Specialist
Ground Transportation Enforcement Section
AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT
(512) 974-1551 F (512) 974-1560
DirtNail Pedicab is hiring new riders. Apply here.
To riders: There are a handful of cyclist advocates and this is the best in Austin. These are also the only people in town that are advocating for you to be able to keep doing your job with as many freedoms and protections as possible. For those not at the Ground Transportation meetings, Tom Wald played a large part in helping get the cops off out back. He did it without backing down, and without getting paid. Its only about a nights lease to join. Pedicab just one more day and donate it and feel good about doing your part all year.
To Owners: Tom is making sure that our industry stays possible in legal in Austin. He works on our behalf tirelessly for the city. I wish we could form a pedicab businesses association(not a bad idea, eh) and put him on a salary but we can at least all do our part by joining up for at least $100.
DirtNail Pedicabs has joined at the business membership level.
Thanks to Hannah and Russell for throwing and amazing pedicab prom. It was wonderful to see all the old pedicab riders and and new pedicab riders in one place. Hopefully it will become a yearly event. DirtNail was the host of the Austin Pedicab Prom After-party. Beers were drank, roofs were sat on and songs were sung. Pardon the lack of belt and saggy pants but here is the video. PediCab Bohemian Rhapsody
Thanks to Dawson O’connor Smith. He is an amazing with a video camera. If you liked the video then check out his website.
I will try to upload photos that happen at DirtNail Pedicabs to the Austin Pedicab Flickr as much as possible.
DirtNail Pedicab was featured in the Austin Post.
Mobile advertising is gaining traction. Here we are, featured on their site.