New York’s Pedicab Wars

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New York’s Pedicab Wars
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As I wrestle to get my home-built pedicab legal for passengers in my fair metropolis of Austin, Texas (more on that in a later post), this article reminds me that I could have it significantly worse.

My favorite part:

Council Speaker Christine Quinn makes a face. “No way. I would never get into one of those things,” she says. Any problems with the law can be fixed when it comes up for renewal in two years, she suggests. As for the pedicabs’ environmental benefits, she is skeptical. “Human-powered vehicles are never going to be the answer.”

For now at least, Austin seems to have it a bit better. Here’s hoping it lasts long enough for me to get my DIY creation street legal!

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Luke Iseman makes stuff, some of which works. He invites you to drive a bike for a living (dirtnailpedicab.com), stop killing your garden (growerbot.com), and live in an off-grid shipping container (boxouse.com).

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