ARLINGTON—Cowboys fans are celebrating a win tonight. Some did so by splurging on a pedicab ride. Customer Stephanie Mathis spent $10 and says, I think its great. We would have had to walk a long way. It was a nice, the weathers great to just kind of look at everything. Its great.
The foot-powered public transportation has become popular around Cowboys Stadium, but in recent weeks, the driving habits of some have gotten the attention of the city of Arlington. Mayor Robert Cluck says, Just total disregard for any traffic laws. Just running red lights, running stop signs, going south on a northbound road. Anything you can imagine. Generally they have two or three passengers. There are four people at risk there and were not gonna have that.
The city is now looking into regulations that would require pedicabs to be properly lit, drivers to get a permit and go through a background check, as well as obey all traffic laws. Pedicab operator Blaize Hartig says, It sounds like a great idea. No problems with me.
Fellow operator William White, who came up from Austin to work tonights game, agrees. But he says outlawing the pedicabs would hurt. William White says, It would be upsetting because I can generally make more than usual at an event such as this rather than driving around downtown back home.
Pedicab operators told us they make anywhere from $50-$400. Some work on tips only and others say they negotiate fare prices in advance. Pedicab company owner Randy Parchem says he wouldnt pass on permit costs to his drivers, which could cost him a few hundred dollars a year per bike. He says even in this economy, hes all for regulations. Randy Parchem says, It legitimizes the business, make the public feel like theyre safer in one of these things and obviously the city would probably inspect the bikes and make sure everybody has insurance and whatever other requirements they want us to have. Im all for it.