[Image via trixicom on flickr]
A Pedicab service, that is.
Think about it: Downtown proper in the central business district is relatively flat, albeit with a slight west to east rise (more noticeable on a bike than in a motorized vehicle). We have the horse and carriage rides already during summer and the winter holidays; pedicabs would add to the ambience and the liveliness of our street scenes.
They’re found by the hundreds in cities across the globe from London to Rome to New York City. According to Wikipedia, the first commercial use in North America was in Seattle, at the 1962 World’s Fair. (And yes, they have them still—no chance to beat them to this particular bike-related punch.)
There’s plenty of stuff close enough together in downtown to make it worth someone’s while. Daytime runs could head from a law office in downtown up to the courthouse, or from the Spokane Regional Business Center to a meeting at the Riverpoint Campus.
Maybe you own a little independent coffee shop and are running low on milk--a pedicab (or bike messenger service) could run over to URM Cash & Carry or the Rosauer's in Browne's Addition and get a half-gallon or two to tide you over. (We're not suggesting a pedicab try to get people up Monroe to the Deaconess medical building for a doctor's appointment, thinking that everyone would arrive ready for medical attention, but that could just be us.)
At night, imagine picking up a few students at Gonzaga and running them over to the Knitting Factory for a concert, then picking up people who are barhopping and don’t feel like walking from there to the Blvd.
Or you’re hitting the Best of Broadway series at the INB Performing Arts Center and want to go to the Safari Room in the Davenport Tower for an after-event nibble—maybe one of those guilt-free miniature desserts—and you don’t want to walk all that way in your patent leather stilettos. (Could be you’re well past nibble and heading for one of those great big late-night/early-morning breakfasts at the Satellite Diner, but either way those stilettos are going to kill.)
How about it, strong cyclists looking for a little extra cash--ready to strap on your heart monitors and get some serious training runs hauling turistas, fashionistas, and baristas?