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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Petoskey pedicab

Kristi Kates - May 23rd, 2011
Friends and teammates Josh Lycka and Calvin Schemanski have known each other for years. So what better athletic, ambitious pair of pals to team up for a new business venture? The result - Petoskey Pedicab, a big-city-parks idea that the partners applied to the tourism industry of downtown Petoskey.
“Calvin and I had both run cross-country together through all of high school, and worked together at the Bay Harbor Yacht Club,” Lycka explains, “one winter, as we were running errands for work, we were driving through downtown Petoskey, and began discussing the possibilities of a pedicab business.”

TIPS, PLEASE  
Petoskey was the “natural choice” for the business, Lycka says.
“We had both grown up there, and had seen the influx of people each summer during the tourist season,” he explains.
After their first couple of weeks in business in the summer of 2009, the friends and now business partners realized that Petoskey’s history would make an excellent focal point for pedicab tours.
“We put in many long hours during that first year, and were able to promote ourselves through a lot of dedicated work,” Lycka says.
For their roster of specialized tours, Lycka and Schemanski charge a flat rate. But - perhaps unusually, given the literal physical effort expended pedaling people around town - they offer their “regular” pedicab taxi rides for tips only.
“We chose to work for tips (apart from our tour rates) because many people refuse to take a ride if there is a set cost for a taxi ride,” Lycka explains, “we find that once people experience the ride, they value it much more than they previously did. Overall, the tips plus tour rates have been lucrative, and the process has been fun,” he enthuses.

SIGNATURE TOURS
The themed tours are another important component of Petoskey Pedicab’s business. A quick glance at their “Signature Tours” list reveals a wide variety of options.
“We offer tours that take the riders back through the early days of Petoskey’s formation, exploring the history of both downtown and the natural area around it,” Lycka says, “Petoskey used to be a much larger epicenter of tourism - what led to its status today? Well, my favorite tour, ‘The History of Tourism,’ answers this question.”
Other Petoskey Pedicab tours include rides through downtown and the waterfront; their Hemingway Tour and Prohibition Tour; a Bay View Historic Tour; and new for 2011, a tour along the new trail that was just completed along Petoskey’s Bear River.
Petoskey Pedicab will kick off this year’s season on Memorial Day weekend and will run through August 27 this year.
“We will be operating every day and can be found all around downtown,” Lycka says, “but we almost always keep a free pedicab at the intersection of Howard and Lake streets, and we’ll have two pedicabs running every day.”
In the fall, Schemanski and Lycka can be found in Ann Arbor, where they run their pedicabs for nightlife and game day transportation; but the rewards of a Northern Michigan summer for these pedaling achievers are great ones.
“Meeting hundreds of people and forming relationships with the community have been the best parts of the job for me,” Lycka says.
 
Petoskey Pedicab may be found in downtown Petoskey, and may also be contacted by phone at 231-758-0535 or via their website at www.petoskeypedicab.com (the tours are also listed on their website.)
 
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