If you’re in downtown Sioux Falls and looking to get from Fernson to Wiley’s, you could soon be able to flag down a pedicab to make the trip.
Emmett Reistroffer said he’s planning for Sioux Falls Pedicabs to start up in early June, the realization of an idea he’s had for a few years since he and his mother took a pedicab in Denver.
He didn’t live in Sioux Falls at the time, but his mother did, and told him it would be a great business idea to operate them in downtown.
In December 2020, he moved here and took her advice. His two pedicabs arrived in town earlier in May, and he’s working to get drivers trained and insured.
Drivers will pay a small maintenance fee to use the pedicabs and keep their fares as independent contractors, Reistroffer said, with his share of money coming from selling ads.
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Drivers will take payment through either cash, Venmo or Square, he said, and estimated rides would probably start around $5.
Reistroffer said he had run into some issues with the city’s licensing department, which had informed him that there could only be one driver licensed per pedicab, which clashed with his plans to have multiple drivers.
Several city councilors had reached out in support of the business, Reistroffer said, and he was optimistic that there could be some changes to city ordinance in the future and was awaiting a call from the city sometime on Friday night.
If the changes take some time, he said, he planned to start rides in June, even if he has to have one driver per pedicab.