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Pearl realtor partners with pedicabs

Posted by on July 30th, 2007 at 1:21 pm

Pedicab operators try to pick up
a rider at the North Park Blocks.
(File photo)

First they gave a free bike to new condo buyers, now Hoyt Street Properties in the Pearl District continues to promote car-free transportation options for visitors and residents.

The company has partnered up with Rose Pedal Pedicabs and PDX Pedicabs to offer free rides and tours during the upcoming First Thursday event on August 2nd.

Here’s the word from Hoyt Street’s President and CEO Tiffany Sweitzer,

“The Pearl District was designed to integrate and accommodate car-free transportation for those who prefer it, and pedicabs are a fun, easy way to navigate the neighborhood…We hope that residents continue to consider the pedicab option as they live and play in The Pearl.”

Guests interested in pedicab rides should sign in at the reception area of the Hoyt Realty Group First Thursday art reception (1130 NW 10th Avenue). Riders are advised to sign in early, as the free pedicab tours are expected to fill up quickly.

It’s great to see a major player in the Pearl District encourage non-motorized transportation.

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  • Jessica Roberts July 30, 2007 at 1:42 pm

    Your photo caption might be giving the wrong impression here…

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  • rixtir July 30, 2007 at 2:39 pm

    “The Pearl District was designed to integrate and accommodate car-free transportation for those who prefer it, and pedicabs are a fun, easy way to navigate the neighborhood…We hope that residents continue to consider the pedicab option as they live and play in The Pearl.”

    This is of course a great step in the right direction. BUT…

    The Pearl surely has room for much improvement to accommodate cycling as transportation, what with the short blocks configuration, and stop signs at every intersection.

    I know, I know, I\’m the only one who stops at stop signs, but still, a \”design that integrates and accommodates car-free transportation\” really should re-think the \”stop signs every few feet\” design that we find in the Pearl.

    Of course, none of that is Hoyt Street Properties\’ fault– the City needs to roll up its sleeves and sort this out.

    The Pearl has even served as the backdrop in Trek\’s website, so it really shouldn\’t be so cycling unfriendly…

    Anyway, nice to see the Pedicabs idea taking root.

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  • Tbird July 30, 2007 at 3:21 pm

    Last Friday evening we saw a couple PediCabs as we rode thru the Pearl. I commented to the wife how the Pearl has tons of bike staples, but everyone seems to drive, good for us (always an open rack) but bad for the city. I think the Pearl and adjoining areas would be a great place for Portland Ciclovia to take root. Perhaps the PediCabs and Hoyt are moving ahead of the curve.

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  • BURR July 30, 2007 at 4:38 pm

    on Couch street over by Whole Foods, the bike parking is always full to capacity, and we need more of it.

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  • Jessica Roberts July 30, 2007 at 5:04 pm

    Burr, I agree. Have you called 503-823-CYCL to request more bike parking? If so, what did they say?

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  • kdaphoto August 1, 2007 at 9:27 am

    rixtir,
    The stop signs at every intersection are needed for those of use who live in the Pearl and walk to do our errands. Without all those stop signs we face cars that will speed through the neighborhood with out regard for those of us on foot. Its tough to design a neighborhood for every form of transportation. The Pearl is designed to be a walking neighborhood, hence lots of stops signs to protect the pedestrians. Walk or bike, at least we\’re not using a car.

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