There was little fanfare at a public hearing before the Omaha City Council on a proposed rules to control pedicabs around the College World Series.
That's largely because the parties involved in negotiations to avoid a full ban of the human-powered cabs are happy with the regulations now awaiting council approval.
Authorities initially sought to ban all pedicabs and horse carriages from working around TD Ameritrade Park, in an effort to keep the vehicles from clogging traffic and inviting pedestrians into the roadway.
"As a community, it really helped us come together and realize where we needed to be," said Mike Battershell of the Greater Omaha Young Professionals organization, which had joined the ModeShift Omaha and Omaha Bikes organizations to oppose the original proposal and negotiate with police officials.
Under the latest proposal, pedicabs would be able to operate around the stadium — except along stretches of 10th and 13th Streets from Capitol Avenue to Cuming Street, and along Cuming Street from 13th to 24th Streets.
Pedicab operators also would need to secure a permit each year before working the tournament. Each company would be limited to four pedicab permits, at a cost of $100 apiece. Only 25 permits would be issued.
The pedicab restrictions would begin three days before the series opens and end on the tournament's final day. Horse carriages would be exempt from the rules.
The council is scheduled to vote on the proposal next week.
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