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Pedicabs on Capitol Hill

Posted by on March 15th, 2007 at 5:47 pm

National Bike Summit 07

On Capitol Hill, the House offices and the Senate offices are on separate sides of the Capitol building. The distance between the two is about 1/2 a mile.

That’s not much, but when you’ve got a full day of meetings, tired feet, and not much time to spare, it’s nice to get a lift.

Taxis are out of the question, and most people don’t have bikes.

Enter free pedicab service, made possible by the League and Planet Bike.

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Today the pedicabs were out in force, whisking advocates between the two buildings with style, energy and smiles.

National Bike Summit 07
Sam Gibson,
pedicab operator.

I grabbed a lift with 25 year-old Sam Gibson (check out this on-board view). He answered a job listing on Craigslist and is having fun with the assignment.

I would have learned more about him, but I was late for a meeting and taxis were blaring horns at us. Thanks for the lift Sam!

Check out a few more photos of Sam and pedicabs on Capitol Hill.

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  • Kate March 15, 2007 at 10:45 pm

    Great work Sam. I’m from NYC, in the thick of it with the regulations battle here. The country is watching and cities across the national have a hold of the story. You’re in the right place to show this country what a pedicab is capable of — and it all starts with human power!

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  • Bill Stites March 16, 2007 at 12:31 pm

    Hey Kate,

    How’s it going with NYC regulations? I was a principle with Pedicabs of New York [PONY], started way back in ’93 with an optimistic group of Coop oriented folks. But when all the work needed to be done – much of it fixing up our used pedicabs from the 70′s [operated mostly in Hawaii] – it came down to George Bliss and I. I haven’t been back to NY in ages, but I understand they’re still rolling.

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