Welcome to Grandview Hills in Bloomington, IN, located just SW of the intersection of East 10th St. & North Smith Rd.
The GHNA is registered with the city of Bloomington Housing & Neighborhood Development group.
The GHNA is administered by the Steering Committee. The current Steering Committee is as follows:
President, Chuck Macklin;
Secretary, Anne Haynes;
Treasurer, Jeff Morris;
Sr Member at Large, Jeanne Novotny;
Jr Member at Large, Claudia Lindman;
Webmaster, Meagan Eller
One of the new and interesting topics on the Council landscape is "pedicabs". This term may elicit questions such as:
* Is it something for my feet?
* Is it a taxi service for children by children?
* Does it involve child labor?
* Are you serious?
Seriously speaking, I'm not fond of the name but I think the concept has merit. Frankly, its not a new concept but it may be new to our community. So that I don't have to re-create a lot of detail and definition, do a (search engine of choice) search on "pedicab". You should find a Wikipedia entry for "Cycle Rickshaw". Wikipedia provides a good overview on the subject.
So, why not have pedicabs (I'll use velotaxi from here on) here in Bloomington? To date, I can't think of a reason not to allow them. This is not to say the City of Bloomington is ready to issue permits on such entrepreneurial adventures. There are two key areas in our Municipal Code that provide model language for velotaxis. One section is Chapter 4.24 governing Taxicabs and Chapter 4.30 governing Horse-Drawn Vehicles for Hire. Each of these chapters contains a section concerning complaints. Those sections are 4.24.150 and 4.30.130 respectively. In essence, these sections define complaints being directed to the Board of Public Works with potential for license suspension or revocation. In short, the City is partly responsible for public's safety on velotaxis.
We will be working with the petitioner and others concerned to define appropriate rules for velotaxis. Some of the concerns I will work through are safe operating times, inspection criteria, adequate insurance, parking, advertising, bonding, driver licensing, visibility, and safe operating streets. As council members work through the process, I suspect more issues will arise. Overall, I have a positive outlook on this topic and I'm glad that at least one entrepreneur is giving it a look.