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Pedal-powered taxis are set to grow in numbers this spring and summer along The Embarcadero.

Open-air pedicabs have carried tourists and others along the waterfront since 1993, when the then-controversial practice was first allowed by the Port of San Francisco.

An expanding national company recently applied to operate up to 15 pedicabs along The Embarcadero.

The company, which markets itself locally as Golden Gate Pedicab, could double the size of the leg-pumping waterfront fleet.
The application was the first such request made “in many years,” Port Executive Director Monique Moyer told commissioners in a memo. She said the pedicab program is no
longer controversial.

There are presently 14 pedicabs that operate along The Embarcadero, Port figures show.

Today, Port commissioners are expected to endorse the plan to increase the size of the pedicab fleet and consider adding a fifth queuing station.

The new station would be at Pier 33, which is close to the Alcatraz ferry departure point.

“This additional queuing site will provide additional transportation service and create new revenue opportunities for both the pedicab operators and the Port,” Moyer wrote.

The new pedicabs and queuing station will help support San Francisco’s tourism industry, according to Port Commission president and Fisherman’s Wharf Wax Museum operator Rodney Fong.

“It’s a nice way to see the waterfront,” Fong said.

Additionally, Golden Gate Pedicab began operating five pedicabs in Golden Gate Park last weekend, according to spokesman Justin Bruce.

“We’ll be there all summer long,” Bruce said.

jupton@sfexaminer.com

Pedicab queuing stations

– Two corners of Powell and Jefferson streets near Pier 39
-Corner of Taylor Street and The Embarcadero near Fisherman’s Wharf
-Pier ½ near the Ferry Building
-Pier 33 near Bay Street (proposed)

Source: Port of San Francisco

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