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Pedicabs now in the Quarter but some aren't happy

French Quarter buggy drivers and Taxi owners are upset after “Pedicabs'' began operating in the French Quarter last week. I know your thinking, what’s a Pedicab'?  Well it's people-powered transportation. It's a seat with a person pulling it on a bike. (See Below) But as is NawLuns tradition is corruption a foot?  A business owner who applied for permission to operate some of the vehicles is appealing to the New Orleans City Council, saying the lottery process used to award permits was flawed. The rejected applicant says in his appeal letter to the council that some permit winners used multiple applications and proxy applicants to increase their chances of getting a permit. The council first approved the concept of using the pedal-powered rickshaws in September 2010. But legislative and bureaucratic complications followed, delaying the awarding of permits for months…let me guess all this will wind up in court…for years. Same story over and over.

09/22/2011 12:28PM
Pedicabs now in the Quarter but some aren't happy
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11/20/2011 6:43PM
Loved the bike transport
My sister and I just spent two days on the French quarter and loved the pedicabs. The only draw back was the ride during tbe cool nights. We had jackets but not prepared for the breeze.
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