Like no job you've ever had!
People always ask us if this job is hard. Well, of course it's hard! We're lugging people around on a giant tricycle! But the truth is that it's also fun, challenging, and incredibly fulfilling.
Over the years, ECT drivers have come from all walks of life. We welcome experienced drivers as well as newbies. We're a tight crew and would love to have you join us out on there on the streets of Columbus!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I need to ride my bike all the time to be able to do this job?
A: Cycling experience is a bonus, but absolutely not required for this work.
Q: How does it work?
A: Drivers pay a rent fee to operate a pedicab for a shift, and keep the rest of their earnings (rent fees are generally not more than 25% of shift earnings).
Q: How much money can I make?
A: How much you make is related to how hard you work and how much business you can find. Weekday shifts, can be very different from Weekend shift, and can be very different from high volume shifts like sporting events, festivals, and concerts. For instance, a regular Friday night can be worth $100 on average. But an OSU Football game is worth an average of $400 (often more).
Q: Are taxes withheld from my pay?
A: Drivers collect payment directly from passengers and are responsible for their individual tax liability.
Q: Is there training?
A: Drivers are put through an structured training and orientation course before shifts can be picked up.
Q: How do I know when and where to work?
A: ECT provides a calendar of events and guidance in structuring shifts. Weekly schedules are posted assigning drivers to shifts, as requested by the driver. Regular shifts are centered in the Short North, but event shifts are wherever the event will be taking place (Schottenstein Center, Ohio Stadium, Mapfre Stadium, etc...)
Q: When can I start?
A: If you are able to schedule and complete your training shift, submit your ECT paperwork, and obtain a City Pedicab Driver's License, you could work in two business days.
Q: How to obtain a City of Columbus Pedicab Driver's License and how much does it cost?
A: Instructions on how to obtain your license from the City of Columbus License Section will be provided at orientation. The cost of the license will be approximately $85.