Ski-town pedicabs have studded snow tires
Summit County Correspondent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
BRECKENRIDGE, Colorado – In a town comprising boutiques making business based on niche markets of head wear, eccentric fabric creations, spices, crepes and more, the drivers for a nontraditional transportation enterprise may fit right in traversing the quaint, ski-town streets of Breckenridge.
Pedicab is a recently launched cycling transportation service based on Breckenridge’s Main Street and at the Breckenridge Ski Resort gondola. For a $10 flat fare, guests can be transported by cab attached to a bicycle to most in-town locations. Drivers negotiate fees for longer distances – and, as is the case with most cab services, tips are always appreciated.
The business’s exposure has been increasing since its launch in early December, meaning business is improving slightly for the crew of eight drivers who act as independent contractors. Co-owner Heather Olson said drivers would generally see zero to one ride per hour at the early December launch. During the Christmas and New Year’s holiday and with the associated influx of visitors, they had about two to three per hour during busy times. Drivers keep their wages after paying back the Pedicab rental fee.
Co-owner Kevin Holmquest and Olson have lived in Breckenridge for several years, all the while wondering how they could enter into business together. Holmquest also runs his At Your Breck and Call concierge service, and Olson works full time at Valley Girl on Main Street. Amid that work, they’ve decided to push the pedicab envelope by bringing it to 9,600 feet – again. Most other similar enterprises don’t contend as heavily with the elements, but with studded snow tires on the bicycles, covered cabs and the ability to call the drivers in when snowfall reaches 5 to 6 inches, Holmquest and Olson think they can offer the service even in the heart of winter.
“No one is going to rely on a taxi to shop,” Olson said, outlining the market for short-distance transportation in town. “No one is going to rely on a horse-drawn carriage, because that’s an event in itself.”
They basically envision the Pedicab service as a green way for visitors to be shown shopping or restaurant suggestions – or to get an introductory tour to Breckenridge.
Or, “even if it’s something as simple as getting from the gondola to the car when the family’s exhausted (after skiing),” Olson added. The pedicabs are equipped with ski and snowboard racks. As long as the weight is less than the limit, everyone can ride for $10.
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