As mentioned in our newsletter earlier this week, Monday was a big day for the pedicab industry in New York. That night an event was held aimed towards raising morale and funds for the legal battle to protect pedicabs and pedicab freedoms. Specifically, the drivers want to be allowed to cross the city's bridges, at least when their vehicles are empty. However, that same day Judge James Plotkin said that the city regulation banning pedicabs from being on a bridge extends to a driver "pedaling, pushing or coasting" an empty vehicle.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the new ruling could force drivers to load their vehicles on to trucks to cross boroughs. Last year a pedicab crashed coming off the Williamsburg Bridge, which put the industry and its rules under a magnifying glass.

The WSJ states that the latest look at regulations on the industry (whose laws were previously non-existent) is part of Bloomberg's process of determining who has the right to access the city's streets and sidewalks. The Manhattan Rickshaw Company wants to appeal the regulation that keeps them off the bridges, noting that getting their vehicles to events (like weddings in Prospect Park) would be made too difficult.