Pedicab rules on the table in Scottsdale

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by Catherine Holland

Video report by Stella Inger

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 6:43 AM

Poll:
Should pedicabs be allowed on city streets?

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Scottsdale City Council is considering a proposed ordinance to regulate the operation of pedicabs within city limits.

This comes after two men who were visiting the Valley for the Fiesta Bowl were badly injured when the pedicab they were riding in was hit by an alleged drunk driver. Cody Clark, 21, suffered severe head trauma. Michael Tysver, also 21, suffered spinal injuries.

“In general pedicabs are legal to be on city streets as long as they're properly equipped, especially at night," said Lt. Pat Connor with the Scottsdale Police Department said after the accident.

Investigators took a close look at the wrecked pedicab and said it appeared to be appropriately equipped and everything was working properly.

The driver who hit the pedicab was arrested for DUI.

While Phoenix has an ordinance regulating pedicabs (City Code Chapter 23, Article XI), Scottsdale does not. At least not yet.

Scottsdale's proposed ordinance covers a variety of issues regarding pedicabs.

  • Designating where a pedicab can operate (restricted to bike lanes on high-speed roads)
  • Outlining insurance requirements
  • Setting pedicab size and condition standards
  • Setting standards for lights and reflectors
  • Requiring operators to wear safety vests
  • Requiring driver licensing standards
  • Defining braking system requirements
  • Changing size of required reflector tape

White pedicabs are popular, especially with out-of-towners, Scottsdale residents have mixed feelings.

Two men who were visiting the Valley for the Fiesta Bowl were badly injured when the pedicab they were riding in was hit by an alleged drunk driver.

"I think the city should do whatever is necessary to make them safe for people," one woman told 3TV's Stella Inger Wednesday morning. "Because we have so many visitors, I assume they use them a lot."

"Personally, I don't like them," another Scottsdale resident said. "They're unsafe and the drivers that drive them need more training. ... They think they own the street."

An informational meeting regarding the proposed ordinance will be held Wednesday, 4 p.m.-6 p.m., in the Arizona Room of the Police and Fire Headquarters, 8401 E. Indian School Road.

The City Council is slated to vote at its March 19 meeing.

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