In spite of record high gas prices, increased asthma among children,
21 instances so far this year of cyclists being killed by cars and
trucks in NYC, and Times Square sidewalks that can't accommodate
enough pedestrians, pedicabs are seen as unsafe. Or just too
successful?

EMERGENCY STRATEGY MEETING: our first ever attempt at an industry-
wide meeting, involving all owners of pedicabs and concerned friends,
will gather at 8pm November 1 at the Press Box, 932 Second Avenue,
Second floor. Press Box is between 49th and 50th Streets.

I spoke to several operators on Sat. night in Times Square, alerting
them of this meeting. Please bring your ideas. Now, does everyone
see the need for best practices and an association?

The coordinating body of the response to Intro 740 (as this bill is
known), is  http://www.nycpedicabassociation.org, otherwise known as the New
York Pedicab Owners Association, a new org. designed around the
principles of the organization in London, promoting best practices
such as safe driving, proper equipment, and proper liability
insurance. We favor regulation as a group.

Councilmember Alan Gerson suddenly decides, as a SoHo district
councilmember, that pedicabs are bad for midtown. Great. Probably
we're helping more than hurting the transportation mix there, if
anything. What's next? Ban tandems? Ban strollers? Ban all
commercial biking? Are FedEx, DHL and all of the grocery stores that
operate three-wheeled delivery bikes aware of this proposed law?

Not sure why the three councilmembers: Christine Quinn (3d district,
Village) and Gale Brewer (6th district, 55th Street to Upper West
Side) would also be against pedicabs rather than promoting
regulation, which all operators support!!! None of the three
councilmembers represent the midtown area for which they propose the
ban. Interesting.

This proposed bill would ban pedicabs from 9th Ave. to 2nd Ave., from
30th Street to 65th Street.

This is a draft bill, getting ready for presentation to the full
council, one wonders. At the moment, it has been referred to the
committee on consumer affairs.

I'm disgusted as Gerson sent someone from his staff to one of our
association meetings and we were gracious and helpful.

Whether this is part of a strategy to first ban and then only allow
tightly regulated pedicabs into the area is anyone's guess. But I
wouldn't count on it. It's very telling for what is not said in the
proposed law.

P.S. anyone on this list work for a PR company? We are shopping
around for one. As well as legal counsel. In the end, this could
result in a global embarrassment for these three councilmembers.

-peter m.

For further details, visit the NYC city council website at:
 http://www.nyccouncil.info/search/searchlook2.cfm?SEARCH=NUM

online text:
 http://webdocs.nyccouncil.info/textfiles/Int%200740-2005.htm?
CFID=511816&CFTOKEN=74524463

If you are searching yourself, it is intro. 0740, introduced in
October, 2005.

----------------------[text of bill]------------------
Int. No. 740

By Council Members Quinn, Gerson and Brewer

.Title

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York,
in relation to pedicabs.

.Body



Be it enacted by the Council as follows:



Section 1. Legislative Findings and Intent. Due to the
large population and heavy commerce of New York City, the public
streets are congested with countless vehicles used for transporting
people and goods. Recently, the City has seen a significant growth
in the number of pedicabs operating in the City. Due to their high
maneuverability and unique character, pedicabs are an attractive
transportation alternative for City tourists and residents. However,
due to the quantity of pedestrian and vehicular traffic within the
city, the addition of pedicabs may create hazardous conditions in
high traffic areas of the city.

This local law would restrict pedicabs from operating within midtown
Manhattan. The Council therefore finds this local law is necessary
in the interests of public safety and welfare.



§ 2. Chapter 1 of Title 19 of the administrative code of the city of
New York is amended by the addition of a new subchapter 19-32.1, to
read as follows:

§ 19-32.1 Restrictions on the operation of pedicabs.
a. Whenever used in this section, the term "Pedicab"
shall mean any wheeled carriage or vehicle, propelled by human power,
designed to seat and carry one or more passengers and operating for
hire within the city of New York.

b. It shall be unlawful to operate or permit another to operate a
pedicab within the borough of Manhattan in the area bounded on the
east by Second avenue, on the south by Thirtieth street, on the west
by Ninth avenue and Columbus avenue and on the north by Sixty-fifth
street.

c. Any person who violates this section shall be liable for a fine
of not less than $250 nor more than $1000 and a civil penalty of
$250, for each violation.

d. Where any person has been found to have committed two violations
of this section within sixty days, the pedicab operated by such
person may be subject to seizure and impoundment upon issuance of a
third or subsequent violation within sixty days of the most recent
violation.
Such seizure and impoundment shall continue until all applicable
penalties and storage fees have been satisfied, or bond has been
posted pursuant to the rules promulgated hereunder.

§ 3. This local law shall take effect one hundred twenty days after
it shall have been enacted into law; except that the commissioner of
transportation may take any actions necessary prior to such effective
date for the implementation of this local law including, but not
limited to, promulgating rules.