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Ald. Tunney wants to regulate pedicabs

Updated: July 7, 2011 2:13AM

Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) Wednesday introduced an ordinance to license and regulate the 200 bicycle-powered taxis known as pedicabs already operating around Millenium Park, Navy Pier and Wrigley Field.

Unlike taxicabs, Chicago would not regulate pedicab fares, but the fare schedule would have to be clearly posted. They could carry exterior and interior advertising. But they would have to be insured, inspected and cleared by a “qualified technicians” who signed an affidavit verifying that the vehicle was “road ready.”

Also Wednesday:

◆ Mayor Rahm Emanuel embraced an ordinance introduced by Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd) designed to hold banks responsible for maintaining their foreclosed properties.

“We all know when a property forecloses in a neighborhood, the rest of the houses on that block lose immediately $7,000 in value. … When they do not keep up that property — mow the lawn, what they put in the window — the value of that neighborhood deteriorates even more,” the mayor said.

“As long as a bank is possession of that lien, they’re in possession of that home. Since they all advertise on the notion that they are good neighbors … helping us strengthen our communities, I want them to live by those words. That’s how they advertise.”

◆ Setting the stage for Paul McCartney to play Wrigley Field on July 31 and Aug. 1, the council approved a two-night exception to the ordinance establishing a 30-game ceiling on the number of night games and events at Wrigley.

◆ Aldermen Jim Balcer (11th) and George Cardenas (12th) proposed that Chicago ban the sale of crib bumpers in response to a Chicago Tribune investigation that found that some babies have suffocated.

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