Pedicabs in Columbus

Holiday Hop Originally uploaded by seibu1 So I was browsing Flickr today and ran across this photo of the Holiday Gallery Hop from 2006. I noticed that there was a pedicab in the photo. Around this time, a few friends and I were thinking of starting one of these companies up. But nothing came up of it. I haven't seen much of these around town. Is it that I'm not going to the right places? I know there is much talk about streetcars in Columbus. Are pedicabs right for Columbus? If you've ever been to San Diego, you will see a ton of pedicabs ferrying people from the Convention Center to and around the Gaslamp district. But in San Diego, activity in these areas are constant. Not just to once a month gatherings of the Gallery Hop. So maybe there's just not enough demand for such service.

  • Walker Evans

    I know a guy who drives one of these around. He said they're mostly for events. Gallery Hop, OSU games, etc.

  • wyliemac

    Thanks Walker. We kind of suspected that when we were considering this as a business option. I think Columbus needs to be a bit more vibrant for something like this to really work and be profitable. But hopefully, we're on our way.

  • Joshua Minton

    Man, I was in San Diego last month and took one of these pedicabs from the bar to another bar across town. It was $100 for two of us to take what would've been an $8 cab ride. They were peddled by two beautiful Russian immigrants who leased out the pedicabs for $50 a day and everything beyond that was pure profit. I began to suspect by the end of the ride that transportation wasn't the only wares they had to sell so I got the "H" out of there $50 light but considered myself lucky.

    Hopefully, the pedicabs here will be much more competitive cost-wise. Good to know though.

  • http://www.columbusunderground.com Walker Evans

    I know a guy who drives one of these around. He said they’re mostly for events. Gallery Hop, OSU games, etc.

  • wyliemac

    Thanks Walker. We kind of suspected that when we were considering this as a business option. I think Columbus needs to be a bit more vibrant for something like this to really work and be profitable. But hopefully, we’re on our way.

  • http://www.boyswearpants.com Joshua Minton

    Man, I was in San Diego last month and took one of these pedicabs from the bar to another bar across town. It was $100 for two of us to take what would’ve been an $8 cab ride. They were peddled by two beautiful Russian immigrants who leased out the pedicabs for $50 a day and everything beyond that was pure profit. I began to suspect by the end of the ride that transportation wasn’t the only wares they had to sell so I got the “H” out of there $50 light but considered myself lucky.

    Hopefully, the pedicabs here will be much more competitive cost-wise. Good to know though.