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Oxford considers pedicab businesses

(WMC-TV) - There may soon be a new way to get around Oxford, Mississippi. Pedicabs, like the one pictured, are in use in several cities and a couple of companies are trying to start in Oxford.

The companies would like to run the bicycle rickshaws as part of a taxi service.

"This in itself is a great workout. Biking around with weight on the back is obviously no easy task," said Ryan Seidl with Rebel Pedal.

While there are a few cab companies in town, people like the idea of something new.

"It's just more fun. Honestly, you're just outside and you get to take in the view of Oxford," said Ole Miss student Kate Swinford.

Seidl wants to eventually take students to and from campus. He got the idea visiting Charleston, South Carolina.

"It really was a great family thing. It made us close, we were able to talk, able to see the city, the fresh air, the beautiful environment," he said.

The board of alderman must approve the pedicabs, but the mayor believes the businesses involved have worked to meet the city's requests for insurance liability and other concerns. All that is left is a public hearing.

"Either we'll wait two weeks and vote or we can actually vote that night if the board so chooses," said Oxford mayor Pat Patterson.

Seidl hopes to be able to start pedaling with a purpose as soon as Seidl gets the green light.

Once the company is up and pedaling, Seidl wants to hire students for the service. He says applicants will be subject to background and traffic checks before getting the job.

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