Scottsdale passes pedicab ordinance, sets new safety regulations

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Pedicabs are now being more regulated after the city of Scottsdale approved a new ordinance Tuesday evening.

The city of Scottsdale voted 7-0 to pass the so-called pedicab ordinance which requires pedicabs to follow some stricter guidelines, said Kelly Corsette, spokesperson for the City of Scottsdale.

The call for tighter regulations for pedicabs stems from a Jan. 3 accident that left three people injured after a car crashed into the Pedicab. The accident happened at 3 a.m. on Scottsdale Road near McDonald Drive.

"They are not trying to put us out of business but help the business" said pedicab operator Jason Holt, who spoke to the council members during the meeting.

The passing of the ordinance now establishes insurance requirements for pedicabs, sets specific size requirements, sets standards for lights and reflectors, requires pedicabs to have brakes and requires drivers to have a driver's license.

The ordinance also designates where pedicabs can and cannot operate. Pedicabs can only operate on a street that contains a bike lane when there is a sign displaying a speed limit of 35 miles per hour or greater.

Pedicab operators will be able to apply for a license within the next 30 days.

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