A concept that has taken off in Asbury Park may be coming to Seaside Heights.
A local man has proposed starting the borough’s first “pedacycle” business that would take passengers around town and stop at various attractions. A pedacycle is essentially a 15-person bicycle. Bicycle seats line both sides and passengers sit opposite each other and work together to pedal the vehicle through town. A trained operator is in charge of starts and stops, and steering the cycle.
“They’ve been doing it in Asbury Park, and we saw some pictures of it,” said Mayor Anthony Vaz. “It goes from location to location.”
The idea has been pitched to borough officials, who asked the prospective business owner to come to a future council meeting to further explain the business, how it would work in town, and safety issues.
“We weren’t sure how he wants to operate it, so we have a few questions,” Vaz said.
A presentation on the business may come at the May 2 borough council meeting.
In Asbury Park, the Asbury Pedacycle business has been a hit since it debuted. According to that business’s website, the cycle moves between 5-8 m.p.h. and stops at a number of bars through the city. There is no alcohol allowed on the cycle itself, but food and soft drinks can be brought on board. A 90 minute ride costs $30 per person, or the entire bike can be rented for $400.