(Oxford, MS) Plans are in the works to get bicycle taxis, or pedicabs, possibly on the streets of Oxford, Miss., by Thanksgiving.
Pedicabs carry passengers on a carriage-like seat attached to a bicycle.
One Oxford entrepreneur already has a small fleet of pedicabs, ready to roll.
Ryan Seidl, owner of Rebel Pedal, is a man on the move.
“I get stares, waves, thumbs up. Smiles mostly,” said Seidl.
He’s a man on his way to what he hopes is a profitable future in the pedicab business.
Seidl, a sophomore at Ole Miss, noticed the popularity of cycle-rickshaws when he lived he visited Charleston, South Carolina, and thought people in Oxford would go for the open-air concept.
“I hired a lawyer and we presented the very first ordinance for pedicabs in Oxford, Mississippi. It’s very much like a taxi ordinance…but just for pedicabs,” said Seidl.
Seidl already has four Rebel Pedal pedicabs that can make it easily through narrow side streets and the always busy Oxford square area.
He’s just waiting on the city to give the green light, but public opinion is clearly in favor of pedicabs in Oxford.
Cheryl Cook is from Austin, Texas, where pedicabs are popular.
She thinks they’ll enjoy the same success in Oxford.
“I think they’re fabulous. They’re a lot of fun for the students and the guests. And when traffic is bad they’re very efficient. You can really get around town quick,” said Cook.
Ross Wiggers lives in Oxford and applauds Seidl’s business venture.
“I think it’s a great idea. I’m sure he’s going to make a lot of money just taking people out on dates riding around the square,” said Wiggers.
Another company called “Rebel Rickshaws” is also showing interest in bringing pedicabs to Oxford.
But Seidl said he’s not worried about another pedicab business coming to Oxford.
“Most businesses do good with competition too. I just personally think that mine will rise to the top,” said Ryan Seidl.
Pedicabs will only be allowed to operate on streets where the speed limit is 35-miles per hour or less.
Ryan Seidl says his pedicabs have all the necessary safety features and he’s made sure to have the required liability insurance.
He plans to charge anywhere from three to ten dollars per person depending on where people want to go.
You can learn more about “Rebel Pedal” by going to www.rebelpedal.com