I've always loved riding in pedicabs in whenever visiting Austin. In fact, I try to ONLY ride in pedicabs when in Austin, unless the distance is a bridge too far. I'm not exactly sure why. Perhaps it is our generation's preoccupation with bicycles/bicycling, as its own form of nostalgic escapism and adopted independence through the mobility the bicycle allowed within a car-dependent childhood. I don't even know how the pricing schedule ranks in comparison to actual cabbies. Certainly, the startup and operating overhead is much lower than driving and maintaining a car.
On our trip this weekend, I didn't even get a price tag for the trip. He simply said, "whatever you feel like paying me." Is it simply because they're trying to grow the business at this point? I don't know. I do know that he said they can't cross the highway from uptown to downtown, another bridge too far, and an impossibly perfect synopsis of the disconnection posed by inter-city freeways. It's amazing how much more mobile cities without freeways are than cities with. But you won't hear that from traffic engineers, the road lobby, or TTI.
So I asked the dude to cross the highway nonetheless. When asked to donate for his troubles, I offered a twenty, for about five minutes of work. Call it a silent protest against the barrier of the highways.
Here is the link to Dallas Pedicab's site with their contact information for rides when need be.