Spotlight on Small Business: “Pirate Pedicab” – May 2010

May 12, 2010 by  
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Pirate Pedicab
“Put your Booty in a Pedicab”

Mission Statement: “We’re looking to provide transportation with a unique perspective of Tybee at an island pace.”

One of the newest small businesses on Tybee just opened in March – Pirate Pedicab, the brainstorm of Kyle Pratt (call sign Slow Poke Rodriguez) and his partner Grayson Powell (call sign Speedy Gonzalez) brings a totally laid-back approach to island transportation home to Tybee.   Kyle Pratt, a native of Iowa, was raised on Jekyll Island, but has lived on Tybee for the past 2 ½ years. He’s the former owner of Barbara Jean’s Restaurant on Wilmington Island. He also says he’s a Cubs Fan, a Pisces (not a Capricorn) and has an infatuation with the Disney character, “Jessica Rabbit.” (Kyle says, “She’s not bad, she’s just drawn that way!”)

Grayson Powell was born and raised on St. Simons Island, and has lived on Tybee for 6 months. He says he likes sand, is a hopeless romantic with an inability to commit, and always wears a sweater, even in the summer.

Pratt and Powell came up with the idea of starting a peddling business on Tybee, after riding in pedicabs elsewhere. Pratt says both he and Grayson grew up working in bike rentals on Jekyll and thought that experience and knowledge would help them excel in the endeavor. “The biggest difference between us and the other transportation companies (i.e. Crab Cab and Tybee Cruisers),” says Pratt, “It allows the rider the ability to sit back and do nothing. The pace is an island one, and the only thing our passengers have to do is sit back and take it all in.”

Pirate Pedicab’s offers basic transport around the island – their cross island ride follows the bike route down 2nd Avenue, and then down Van Horne, and they also feature island “pedicab cruises.” In a typical dinner cruise they drop the guests off, and have them call 10 minutes before they’re ready to leave.  For sunset cruises they stay with the guests and drive them down a series of back roads – (Lewis to 6th, 12th to Venetian and then down Chatham, with the occasional stop at A.J’s Restaurant for a beverage.)

“We’re currently working on an anchor tour, (supposedly there are 20 on the island), and we’re racing each other to find them all and put them on a map for the tour – I’m winning!” adds Pratt.

On weekends, the guys usually get several calls from Savannah – day trippers who have gotten a shuttle from town and don’t have time to see all the sights by foot. They usually pick up from the lighthouse and deliver to the pier or vice versa.  Both drivers are knowledgeable, and much like the horse-drawn buggies that carry visitors on tours of the squares in Savannah, they enjoy interacting with clients to offer local insights that may otherwise go unnoticed.

They opened mid-March, and now have 4 bikes operating and plan to have 6 total by June.  They hope to give each passenger an experience they’ll tell their friends about, and also help alleviate parking problems on Tybee.  They also offer beach deliveries for vacation rentals in an effort to create more parking for day trippers and are getting referrals from local vacation rental companies.  Each cab carries 2 adults, they’re on call on weekend and they pick up and deliver all over Tybee.  The charge is very reasonable – $4 per zone, and if you change over to one of the other eight Tybee zones, it’s an additional $2.

Currently Pirate Pedicab offers the following packages:  Beach Delivery, Dinner Cruise, Bar Roll, and Sunset Cruise!

Next time you need a lift around town, call Kyle and Grason at 912.346.2335 – tell them we sent you.

Location: Miller Avenue behind High Tide Surf Shop on Tybee Island.
Hours of Operation: 10am to 10pm Sun. – Thurs., 10am to 2am – Fri. and Sat.

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