The tricycle style people carriers known as pedicabs will begin operating in Westport and the Crossroads.
KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Are you tired of parking problems, gas prices and traffic?
Some local entrepreneurs think they might have the answer, and
you can expect to see it soon on Kansas City streets.
Actually, you’ll probably hear it first. Expect to hear
more bicycle bells, at least around the Crossroads and
Pedicabs are coming to town. They work just like a regular
"We'll be riding around primarily Friday, Saturday, Sunday
nights. People can just wave us down and we'll swing by and pick
them up," Jay Matlack said. He’s Operations Manager of
These cabs are greener than gasoline powered vehicles.
They’re tricycles with a luxuriously padded and covered
passenger area. “A rolling couch” is how Matlack
They have safety equipment including brake lights, and the
operators have city permits and licenses. Still, it's not something
Kansas City has seen before.
For those that might be a little put off by the idea of paying
another human being to haul them around, Matlack reassures that all
the riders do it because they love biking.
But the operators aren't hired just for their strong
"Our riders can kinda be ambassadors for Kansas City, kinda like
tour guides. So they hopefully can recommend some good places to
eat or some good places to go," he said.
Tricycle Transit is already thinking about expansion. They're
talking with Power and Light and Zona Rosa and they hope to be in
the stadiums next season.
And the bikes are available for special occasions.
"Adds to the ambiance. It's alot of fun, a lot of excitement,"
The pedicabs will debut at the Crossroads during this First
Friday and then they plan for them to become a part of the city
The riders work on gratuity, which in other cities is about one
to two dollars per block.
Tricycle Transit says they plan to operate the pedicabs