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Pedicabs Coming to New Orleans

Posted on Jul 8, 2011 in DUI/DWI, Local Issues, Traffic

Partiers now have one more option for a safe ride home after a late night in the French Quarter. Despite a prolonged political fight, pedicabs have finally been approved by the City Council. [caption id="attachment_2205" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo Courtesy nola.com[/caption] The council first voted to approve the use of pedicabs on a trial basis back in 2010, but concerns later arose over how the limited permits would be issued. Having settled on a lottery system to decide who gets a portion of the 45 permits initially available, the city is ready to welcome its newest industry. Those who frequent the quarter will roll their eyes at the prospect of allowing one more private industry to clog traffic along with the taxis and horse carriages that scuttle down Dauphine, and their concerns may be warranted. Major cities and tourist areas across the country allow pedicabs with mixed results. Residents of San Diego have grown to loathe the cyclers as a nuisance, while they are viewed as a convenience in other areas. The month long trial period may reveal how the new transportation system fits with the city. Either way, a cheap, convenient option for a sober ride home is a welcome experiment. The pedicabs are expected to concentrate in the French Quarter and Central Business District with a few operating near Tulane and Loyola universities. If you or anyone you know has been charged with driving under the influence, contact the DUI specialists at Bloom Legal for a case evaluation.

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