June 28, 2017

In Worcester, battle for pedicab supremacy is afoot

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Courtesy WooRides

WooRides co-owner Valentine Beluchukwu gives a thumbs up as he takes customers on one of the startup company's first pedicab rides.

The race is on for local bike taxi companies to get the official “green light” from City Hall to hit Worcester streets this summer. But with the support of key city influencers, one enterprising firm appears to have a head start.

Otherwise known as “pedicabs,” these bicycle-towed taxis are aimed at the city’s high-traffic nightlife areas in hopes to help bar and restaurant hoppers beat the heat.

“I think [bike taxis] would be big for Worcester. Just being out and around, I think it would be easy to jump in an open-air cab to take you to the end of the street so you don’t have to move the car. They’re very popular in bigger cities, and I know they will be popular here — especially getting between the major nightlife areas,” said Jason Grayson, president of Worcester Pedal Bike Company.

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