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Intro 573-B (revised), now evidently scheduled for a full council vote on Feb 5 at noon, according to media sources. Bill sponsors are: Council Members Dromm, Rodriguez, Chin, Levine, Rosenthal and Cabrera (by request of the Mayor)(click here for link to council website)
February 2 Community Board 7 resolution voted 37 in favor and 2 against among other things expressing support for the pedicab industry: "Community Board7/Manhattan, also strongly opposes adoption of the provision in the intro that would ban pedicabs in Central Park south of 86th Street without the opportunity for public debate on this question." (PDF)
New York Times article from Feb 2, 2016, reminds council members they can argue for changes in the bill on the day of signing it. Should be a great day to attend a council hearing (provided our industry survives it!) (click here for link)
Referencing a 1945 film directed by John Ford of the same name about PT boats left to live or die in the Pacific starring John Wayne, City Journal writes a moving piece of almost future nostalgia about the pedicab industry. Yes, we were expendable, too(click here for link)
It's January, 2016, but it feels like 2005 all over again. In 2014, the Chair of The Consumer Affairs Committee of City Council said the following regarding Intro 573 (which was not passed) regarding a proposal to ban carriage horses: "It is our responsibility to ensure, of course, that the horses are safe. That is why five years ago we passed a legislation to make sure that they are heavily regulated. The accusations against the iconic industry just do not stand up to scrutiny. We look forward to a spirited debate, but I also hope we can soon move on past this misguided bill, and continue working on creating good paying jobs." See the full transcript from the council hearing (p 72). Pedicabs were never mentioned as a bargaining chip. Going forward, Consumer Affairs Chair Rafael L. Espinal, Jr., please don't let the pedicabs be swept aside; please treat us fairly. (PDF)
The New York Times reporter Michael Grynbaum aptly describes our industry...lightly regulated and relatively disorganized. Proposed carriage deal cynically steals the livelihood away from hundreds of pedicab drivers. Will the city offer them pensions?
Review the city council web page / archive regarding previous action taken on a horse carriage bill that was never taken to a full council vote. Includes full text, notes, actions taken. Pedicabs were never mentioned.
NY1 reports on deal just reached by Mayor's office and the representatives of the carriage trade that among other provisions, effective June 2016, would essentially ban pedicabs from all of the most popular passenger destinations in the Park, relegating the drivers to climb arduous hills far from where they find their livelihood today. Contact NYCPOA for draft text of measure.
This draft $__ per minute rate card template will print on 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper (landscape) with properly sized lettering. Take a look! Page 2 contains graphic items to insert actual rate number. Eliminates teh problem of rates being covered by canopies. (PDF)
NYCPOA Membership form (PDF)
NYCPOA releases another sample rate card template that will print on 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper (landscape) with properly sized lettering that allows you to insert the rate using the same font. This is a 2 page document. Using Adobe Acrobat X, you can open the document, select your number from the list of available numbers (1-9) on page two, and paste that text "object" into the blank area next to the dollar sign. In this way, your chosen dollar amount will be in the appropriate font. (PDF)
DCA announces public hearing on pricing/timer regulation: -- Notice of Public Hearing and Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Amendments to Pedicab Rules regarding signage and timing devices for pedicabs. Date/Time: May 28, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. Location: Department of Consumer Affairs, 66 John Street, 11th floor Hearing Room, New York, NY 10038 (PDF)
News Corporation, eager to divert attention away from phone hacking scandal that shuttered a London tabloid and led to a 1,987 page report by Lord Justice Sir Brian Leveson, says via New York Post that pedicabs do not have the right to exist and insults NYC city council as well, in laughable, unsigned editorial. Read this for kicks. Good comments though from readers.
NYC City Council Consumer Affairs Committee moves forward on agenda to address pricing issues / require per minute pricing ONLY and no per passenger charges. In short, an interesting but sweeping change approaches the industry. Could go to the full council on Tuesday. (click here for link)
NY Post exposes practice of deceptive pedicab pricing resulting in $400 plus rides across town! Driver carries more passengers than allowed by NYC law (3 is the limit) and charges tax as well! Taken for a ride -- indeed!
NY City Council Member Dan Garodnick, chair of Consumer Affairs Committee, promises to push ahead on his amendment to pedicab regulations that would require a full quote up front, in writing, which has the support of NYCPOA.
NY City Council legislative status of Intro 0597-2011...a measure that would amend the administrative code regarding pedicab odometers, fares and receipts. Click here to view the history of this intro and view the transcript from the first hearing held 6/13/2011.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio announces sweeping investigation into excessive fines charged small businesses by city agencies, including Dept. of Consumer Affairs -- files Article 78 petition due to lack of timely response to his office (PDF)
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ADVOCACY AND RESEARCH NEWS: City University of NY Sustainability Program students deliver research paper showing an auto-free 14th Street during L train shutdown is economically good for the city (PDF)
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Fox 5 San Diego news reports that city council member Marti Emerald likens U.S. pedicab industry practice of bringing over hundreds of J-1 students to pedal pedicabs, often with little traffic safety expertise, to human trafficking. Says practice must stop. We agree.
March 15 2012 San Diego Reader article - city council & community like the tighter regulations and now looking into preventing J-1 students from driving pedicabs (see the State Dept directive prohibiting this)
DCA Online Complaint Form -- useful when a pedicab driver has fare - gouged you or operated unsafely
DCA Business License Instant Lookup Form (online search for business name). Useful to research business license status or info for a pedicab business (i.e., pedicab owner) or an individual pedicab driver/operator
DCA Informs pedicab industry that a hearing on April 13 11:00 a.m. will take place to provide details, take public comments, on how remaining unassigned pedicab ID plates will be distributed....most likely by lottery (PDF)
City Council Feb 18 2011 Pedicab Oversight Hearing, reviewing the past 2 years of pedicab regulation and addressing areas for improvement. NYCPOA appeals to the Consumer Affairs Committee to abide by federal law and not grant business or operating permits to J-1 visa students (who must not work as independent contractors ever) (review the transcript)
State Department announcement in early 2011 explicitly prohibiting j-1 visa students from operating pedicabs, rolling chairs (e.g., Atlantic City) and for hire vehicles in the U.S., conveniently ignored by NYC.
NYCPOA writes to NY State Attorney General's office to ask whether DCA has the authority to screen pedicab driver applications, upon renewal, and flag those that one year later still present a foreign license rather than a NY State motor vehicle license (since the applicant obviously is residing in NY). Here is the response.(PDF)
Fantastic background reading in the San Diego Reader called Pedicab Wars on the rampant J-1 visa abuse that took place in San Diego, until the California State Assembly passed a law requiring a U.S. driver's license as the foundation license for pedicab drivers (following a passenger death by a reckless driver)
State Assembly (California)member Martin Block has his pedicab licensing bill passed and signed into law. (following a passenger death by a reckless driver in 2009, taking the life of retired school teacher Sharon Miller)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg signs pedicab bill into law (PDF)
Photos and Commentary on signing ceremony at City Hall
NYC Dept. of Consumer Affairs (PDF)
Blank form listing pedicabs owned
NYC Dept. of Consumer Affairs (PDF)
Pedicab Inspection Checklist
NYC&CO Endorses Pedicabs (PDF)
Mayor Bloomberg's Bill Signing schedule for August 13, 2009 (PDF)
Re signing pedicab bill into law
Chad Marlow/NYCPOA remarks (PDF)
June 29 2009 hearing
Caroline Samponaro of Transportation Alternatives remarks (PDF)
June 29 hearing
New version of NY Law Journal Pedicab Appeals Court victory story (PDF)
April 09 Reprint PDF
Draft Generic pedicab driver rental agreement (PDF)
2 page sample for pedicab owners who rent
NYCPOA Member Benefits (PDF)
Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn Joint Press Release (PDF)
June 14, 2009
DCA Pedicab Law FAQ's (PDF)
DCA Pedicab Business License (PDF)
DCA Pedicab Driver License (PDF)
New York City Local Law 19 (PDF) - Regarding Regulating Pedicabs Passed
April 23, 2007
New York State Court of Appeals Decision (PDF)
April 21, 2009
New York Law Journal Story on Appeals Court Decision (PDF)
April 27, 2009
Public Advocacy Group's Letter to Consumer Afairs General Counsel (PDF)
May 5, 2009
Pedicabs Green-Lighted (PDF)
Bikeradar.com - June 16, 2009
Stalled Plan to License Pedicabs Advances (PDF)
NYTimes - June 15, 2009
'PEDI'-CURE PLAN (PDF)
New York Post - June 15, 2009
NYPost Asks 'Why can't Pedicabs use bike lanes?" (PDF)
New York Post - June 15, 2009
Four Hurt When a Pedicab Slams Into a Taxi in Brooklyn (PDF)
NYTimes - June 11, 2009
Safety Rules Never Implemented (PDF)
NYTimes - June 12, 2009
We had an amazing development with respect to the pedicab law on Wednesday, January 16, 2008: we won in New York State Supreme Court!
Read the decision (PDF)
Read the New York Times blog on the topic, lead off by an article by reporter Sewell Chan.
Central Park Memo (PDF)
Summary of Propposed Pedicab Licensing Rules (PDF) (03/30/07)
NYCPOA strategic points on all legislation proposed by City Council, prepared by the Public Advocacy Group and presented to the Committee on Consumer Affairs, Leroy Comrie, Chair, on December 11, 2006. (12/11/06)
Current Draft Of Alan Gerson's 75A Bill (12/6/06)
Current Draft Of The City's Bill (12/6/06)
Current Board Nominees (1/27/06)
Memo to Owners (1/15/06)
NYPCOA Code (1/15/06)
NYPCOA Application (1/15/06)
NYPCOA Nomination Form (1/15/06)