Saturday, April 7, 2007
Taken for a ride
Speaker Christine C. Quinn, said, “Anyone who has been to Columbus Circle or Times Square in recent years has seen the hundreds of pedicabs that circle around the streets. While most drivers are responsible, we need to establish clear rider guidelines and passenger rights, and make sure pedicabs don’t clog our streets or endanger pedestrians.”
What she meant to say: "We're all good friends with Taxi and Limousine Commissioner Harry Giannoulis, who also happens to be a lobbyist for the Parkside Group, which in turn represents cab drivers. We therefore understand the need to make life impossible for pedicab owners and drivers. Since we are beholden to special interest groups with deep pockets rather than our constituents, we decided to pass this legislation. Pedicabs don't pollute, like cabs do, and provide employment for many people, but hey, we're all term limited, are seeking higher office and money talks."
History of the battle from Wired New York:
Photo from NY Times