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The young owners of Tropical Pedicabs
are out to change Miami’s transportation
landscape on ride at a time — and they’re
having a blast in the process.
Tex t by Jacquelyn Benson
In addition to their venture in Miami, they still offer
management and consulting services for organizations such
as New Orleans’ Need A Ride Pedicabs through their firm,
Convenient Canvassing. “Anybody can drive a tricycle around
in circles, but we take something that’s been being utilized for
years and built a viable business model around it,” Roy says.
The Tropical Pedicabs team makes it a point to emphasize
professionalism and great customer service. They also see
a secure future ahead for the industry. “There will always
be a need for pedicabs, especially as the focus on green
transportation increases in the future,” Forster explains.
F or the owners of Tropical Pedicabs, it started
with good, old-fashioned pedal-pushing. Bob
Forster and Aaron Roy spent 3 summers riding
Pedicabs in the quaint town of Newport, Rhode
Island, before being called in to help consult
Need A Ride Pedicabs of New Orleans. There, they were joined
by Charles Driza, and the trio decided to give operating their
own pedicab business a whirl.
With its growing bike scene and beautiful weather, Miami
struck them as the perfect place to start. The result is
Tropical Pedicabs, a professional bike taxi service that places
a special emphasis on outdoor advertising. “We provide
advertisers with a way to broadcast their message and then
provide a fun and memorable way for people to get where
they’re going,” says Driza. All of Tropical Pedicabs’ owners/
founders are recent college grads, and cumulatively have 7
years experience in the pedicab industry.
56 In just a few months, the business has already made an
impact on the city, connecting with others in the Miami
bike scene and participating in ad campaigns for businesses
such as Mack Cycle & Fitness. “We are collectively some of
the youngest owners in the entire nation and our youth and
willingness to adapt to constantly changing conditions has
allowed us to cater to each and every market we’ve entered
into,” says Driza.
The trio is looking forward to expanding their business
by continuing to add more bikes and widen their
service area. “Our hope is to become a staple in Miami
and something that tourists and locals alike enjoy and
embrace as cherished part of the city.”; 305.528.3754;