Saddle-sore pedicab operator quits

Snuffed by red tape? Elizabeth Wong and pedicab at a Chinese New year parade.

Elizabeth Wong writes:


“I have decided to not renew my Stockton business license & pedicab permit for Pacific Pedicabs for mainly the lack of support by the City of Stockton in making any adjustments to the pedicab ordinances: permit fees and expiration date, inclusiveness in any large city organized events (Holiday Christmas Tree Lighting coinciding with the Lighted Boat Parade, and the 4th of Julycelebration).  Their excuse is that I did not abide by staff directions, and that my pedicabs would not fit into their holiday plans.

“I have tried many times  over a period of 6 years, to seek pedicab ordinance changes that would allow pedicabs to flourish in our community,” without success, Wong writes, adding she’ll still work private events and the county areas.

“My holiday tour clients and families can still reserve my Sacramento King Pedicabs for their tours in Meadow Avenue area.  Just like an outside area limosine service, my services can offer point to point transportation.

“Most of my services to other large events (Presentation Church, First Baptist Church, San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, Stagg High School, University of the Pacific, Heritage Provisions & Dining, etc.) are on private properties which allows me to be contracted as Sacramento King Pedicabs.

“Pedicab services work in Sacramento because they have enacted pedicab ordinances, and made adjustments to fees that would be conducive for pedicabbers to thrive.  Sure, Sacramento is a bigger city, and has larger event venues, but they have quite a laissez-faire attitude to allow us to prosper.   Stockton will never reach it’s potential because it’s leadership now seek only to help themselves and their cronies.

“Thank you for your past support.  I will still be active in the Stockton community as best as I can.”

If Wong is right that the city said her pedicab did not fit their plans, I can only shake my head. Pedicabs add to the fun — and besides, who asked City Hall to plan the holidays? Officials should have laid down a few safety ground rules and gotten out of the way.



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