New Driver Handbook

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bigeasypa.org/handbook

This section of the website is designed for new pedicab drivers in New Orleans. It includes tips on:

  • how to get and where to find customers,
  • how much to charge customers (ethically as well as with dignity and respect for yourself and other pedicabbers),
  • an overview of the Taxi Bureau's written regulations (as well as a few of its unwritten ones),
  • an overview of some of our own unwritten rules that have developed in the pedicab community here in New Orleans
  • other resources and unique issues pertinent to pedicab drivers safety, performance, and overall positive well-being
  • taxes 

 

 


Help Develop This Area of the the Website!

For those of you who are more experienced drivers. We need your help in drafting this information for the pedicab community. If you have an interesting topic that you think should be featured here, please draft and submit it to one of our officers! We need your help!

 


 

FREE Resources

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This page provides links to the profiles of each pedicab operator in New Orleans on the anonymous rating and review website provided by Glassdoor.com.

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Learn more about driver safety tips such as how to drive on the right and how to walk your bike when it is disabled.

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The Chew Krewe Facebook Group is only open to the public but is mostly comprised of pedicabbers. It is not officially associated with BEPA. Regardless, it is a fantastic resource. It is very active. We go to try out restaurants together, and share all kinds of interesting information with each other including...

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Tips can add significantly to your take-home and enjoyment of this job.....it always feels
amazing to have your services honored and flattered with...

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Public Safety Rangers provide services that promote safety and quality of life for businesses, residents, and visitors of Downtown New Orleans. This article provides information on Ranger Services, the DDD Mission, and Who to Call

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As of 5/8/2014, this is the pedicab ordinance. Click here to read more

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Your time and energy on the street is yours to do with as you please. That said, just be aware
that people tend to get more rides when they are...

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Are you being sexually harassed? By a customer? By a colleague?

Learn more about the options you have available to you.

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Paraphrased from email correspondence between the GTB Administrator and BEPA, this article outlines research supporting the regulation of transportation industry.

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Despite what you might see, smoking is not allowed (at least with Yellow company) - also, don’t
drink on the job, you will get busted and you won’t be allowed to work anymore.
No matter what, don’t ever

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Hey guys.

This is a forward of an email sent out by our favorite pedicabber!

"There is a fantastic new anti-trafficking app available. Unlike another awesome anti-slavery app, this one only works for iPhones. If you have an iPhone, and you drive a pedicab, then this is an incredible, easy-to-use tool to get people out of harm's way."

http://www.redlighttraffic.org/app/index.html

(submitted by Anonymous BEPA Member)

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You can technically charge whatever you want for a timed ride, AS LONG AS YOU DON’T GO
OVER THE STATED CITY RATE, [However, ...].

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The majority of the people that you are passing on the street would get in your pedicab with the
right impetus and inspiration. If you feel...

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If you are involved in an accident you need to take the following steps.

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Tips are yours to keep, and can significantly add to your take-home at the end of the day.
Riders have collaborated to provide...

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Sometimes people will come up to you curious about our service and when you ask them where
they are going, they say they do not know. Bingo. Yes. Other times someone will come up and
ask how much it is to just go around. Additionally, when someone asks, “How does this work?”
let them know that...

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Learn about using credit cards in your pedicab business.

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If you have a group ride with one or more other pedicabs, TRY TO STAY TOGETHER and
POOL YOUR TIPS at the end. Pedicabbers ride at very different...

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We are all taught that 3 passengers is max, but it says sufficient seating space, so
theoretically it could be...

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This article details a collective pedicab strategy / tradition for any day of the week, ideally slow days.

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The legal city rate for pedicab rides within New Orleans, written on all of the pedicabs is:
-$1 per person per block
-First block is free
-$5 minimum per passenger

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In a nutshell, the only places we are allowed to “post up” is the Harrah’s patio and in
legal parking spots, meter paid and all. This may seem a tyrannical imposition, but the truth
is that...

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This article details the basics for pedicabbing in the rain.

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Do not overcharge rides. During peak hours or prime shifts...

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223-227: Sec. 162-1652. Violations ; penalties. Violations of any regulations set forth
in this article shall result in...

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This article details useful equipment for pedicabbers.

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Make sure that your lights are working and turn them on at dusk rather than wait for full
darkness.
Stay to the ...

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The nature of our pedicab and service lands us in multiple sections of the traffic code.
We are to follow the traffic laws as they pertain to...

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When coming back with your location for a dispatch, please try to come back LATER than others when you know it's likely that...

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- For Starters
When you are beginning your shift, try to grab the radio that is associated with your bike
number. This is important on really busy days when...

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144-155: Sec. 162-1647. Restricted areas defined . (a) It shall be unlawful for any
pedicab to inhabit, stand or park in...

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This article outlines the process for renewing your pedicab license

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Generally, we abide by the rule of three people max per cab, no if’s, and’s, or but’s. However,
four small people can...

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The following regulation has never been followed by drivers or companies and seems
to slip under the rug***

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The NO Pedicabbers Facebook Group is only open to pedicabbers, and it is not officially associated with BEPA. Regardless, it is a fantastic resource. It is very active. We share all kinds of interesting information with each other including...

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The pedicab community that we have is very special. Here in New Orleans our tribe is full of
unbelievably interesting, intelligent, funny, beautiful, radiating and fascinating...

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This is where the fact that we are both a bicycle and a taxi comes into play. Even though we
are a taxi, we are not allowed to...

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We post a lot of interesting and important information on our FB page, but the NO Pedicabbers Facebook Group is actually more helpful with the nitty gritty stuff of being a part of the Pedicab Industry in New Orleans. To like our FB page, please go to www.facebook.com/bigeasypedicabassociation

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Customers will either pay in cash or by credit card. The Square app is a useful tool and deposits
the money right into your bank account plus allows...

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It is the responsibility of your pedicab company managers and owners to adhere to
these first few ordinances and make sure that the bikes are

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BEPA offers a wide variety of benefits to its members. To learn about our benefits, click on the relevant Membership Benefit menu item above. To join BEPA, please go to www.bigeasypa.org/join

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I’ll start by saying that in most other cities, pedicabbers have to work a lot harder to get rides
and often have to pedal up and around more strenuous terrain. In Boston, DC or Chicago you
will see riders 100% of the time...

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