Posted by: Kath Usitalo | June 27, 2011

Pedal Power: Petoskey Pedicab

Pedalers Jack (left) and Nolan are happy to show you their hometown from the comfort and novelty of a bicycle-powered pedicab

Downtown Petoskey’s Gaslight District is a pleasant, walkable downtown with owner-operated shops and restaurants (like our friend Keith’s Jolly’s Cookies & Cafe) in renovated buildings best seen and visited on foot.

But for the fun of it, or to tour the waterfront or other parts of town a little further afield, flag down one of the Petoskey Pedicabs that have been operating in the northern Lower Peninsula vacation spot since May 2009. The open-air cushioned seat behind the heavy duty bike can accommodate two adults.

There’s no fee for point-to-point service downtown but a gratuity is “appreciated;” the students in the bright yellow T-shirts who power the pedal-driven buggies rely on tips for their income. There is a charge for the four tours that take in scenic views and historic sites, with or without narration by the guides.

A tribute to Chief Petoskey overlooks Little Traverse Bay

Between fares I chatted briefly with Jack and Nolan, Petoskey natives who will be high school seniors when their summertime jobs come to a close. They’ve learned to appreciate their hometown through the eyes of visitors from as near as Ohio and as far as China.

Jack, who is pedaling for his second summer, said his most memorable passenger was the Elvis impersonator, in full costume, who wielded an inflatable guitar on his ride through town last year.

The waterfront park is a popular destination late in the day for Petoskey’s “Million Dollar Sunset.” For an elevated view of the colorful show over Little Traverse Bay the guys recommend the spot behind the Perry Hotel on Bay Street, near the statue of Chief Petoskey.

Petoskey Pedicab is based at Lake and Howard Streets, and operates from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily. You can also find them on Facebook.

Remember to tip!

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