Matthew Furlin, 45, has operated a pedicab outside of Wrigley Field for 21 seasons. (Tribune file photo)
Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) introduced a measure that would require pedicab vehicles to be inspected regularly. From the Tribune:
As if pulling a seat full of drunken tourists isn’t headache enough, those bicycle cabbies who ply the streets around Chicago’s ballparks and bars are again in the City Council’s sights.
Ald. Thomas Tunney, whose 44th Ward includes Wrigley Field, Boystown and other areas where the three-wheeled vehicles are commonly seen, said he likes the pedicabs but wants to make sure they’re safe.
Tunney introduced a measure Wednesday requiring the bikes to be inspected regularly. The companies would need to be licensed by the city, and each bike would require an annual $25 city sticker. Also, pedicab companies would pay the city $175 per year under the plan, which will get a hearing at the City Council License Committee.