Conventionâ€™s walking woes spells promise for pedicabs
As noted in a recent Westword story, Denver is essentially ground zero for the growing international pedicab industry thanks to local pedicab designer/promoter Steve Meyer. Meyer had hoped his company, Main Street Pedicabs, would play a large role in the eco-focused Democratic National Convention, but his hopes were partly dashed when security officials declared the pedal-powered vehicles wouldnâ€™t be allowed into the high security area around the Pepsi Center.
Though now, thanks to the unexpected announcement that Senator Barack Obama will be giving his acceptance speech not at the Pepsi Center but roughly a mile away at Invesco Field, pedicabs might turn out to save the day.
"I think that having it at Invesco will necessitate a lot of pedicab service," says Meyer, noting Broncos games at Invesco are local pedicab driversâ€™ biggest days. "There will be a lot of walking from the Pepsi Center side of the Platte River and people donâ€™t really like walking along the streets and under the overpasses on the south side of the Pepsi Center parking lots. Iâ€™m sure they will have shuttle buses, but there are going to be a lot more people than they can handle, people arriving early, etc."
So Meyer and another local company heâ€™s recently partnered with will have at least forty pedicabs ready to pick up those needing a lift, and other pedicabs will surely be rolling the streets, too. Just because they donâ€™t come with an official convention designation doesnâ€™t mean they wonâ€™t help keep everything on track. -- Joel Warner