around Uptown just got more fun!
by Liz Warren
Red Rock Rickshaw founder
Maxine Grebenstein opened for business on Easter weekend with
five cabs and a rotating crew of 12 drivers, including her
two sons. Based at the north end of the new parking lot off
Jordan Road, the company’s daily pedicab services cover Uptown
transportation from Forest Road to the La Vista Motel and
from Jordan Road to the Historical Park.
came up with the idea of opening a pedicab service in Sedona
after experiencing their charm and efficiency firsthand on
a business trip in San Diego.
Leaving a restaurant one evening
with plans to take a taxi back to her hotel, she found herself
instead talking to a pedicab driver, who soon convinced her
to give his unusual little vehicle a chance.
The driver won her over by
offering a blanket to ward off the chilly night and then,
with her permission, took another driver up on a spontaneous
racing challenge. An unforgettably exciting ride ensued for
the passengers as they cheered their drivers on. Grebenstein’s
driver, the unquestionable underdog, managed to beat out the
more experienced driver by a hair’s breadth and Grebenstein
became a pedicab convert.
Over the course of her San
Diego trip, Grebenstein used pedicab services several times,
and soon observed that the drivers offered something that
other transits systems don’t – a friendly, informal concierge
service of sorts.
In fact, the drivers act as
“goodwill ambassadors,” always well-informed on area events
and places and liked by the business owners and community
members they encounter on their daily circuits.
Soon after returning to Sedona,
Grebenstein realized what a boon a pedicab service could be
to the community – an eco-friendly, fun asset to Uptown transportation.
Pedicab fares range from $4-10,
depending on the length of the ride.
The pedicab service is available
for private rental, for special events such as weddings and
parties. For reservations or additional information, call