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Orlando based company hopes to bring a new ride to Myrtle Beach

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Myrtle Beach is full of attractions and entertainment, but there is one ride you cannot find at the beach.

"There's a lot of potential for the business and pedicabs are popping up everywhere," Michael Mann said.

Mann is the Operations Manager for the Daytona Beach division of Five Star Pedicab Corporation.

For the past few days, he and owner Jonathan Forgione drove the streets of Myrtle Beach, with pedicabs loaded in the back of their pickup truck.

The cabs have not hit the roadways, but already they are getting people's attention.

"We've just had people all over the place accepting us and wanting us for a ride and asking us when we're going to be operating," Forgione explained.

Right now, that question remains unanswered as Five Star Pedicab Corporation will first have to attempt to get a franchise from the city.

"We're hoping the city and the residents of this area will support it and also local business owners," Forgione said.

But he said his job is not just about getting the city's support.

"When you're in the business, you're dealing with people's lives and you're transporting people on a bicycle," Forgione said.

For that reason, the men said safety is a major priority. The pedicabs are equipped with a hydraulic break system, turn signals, and headlights.

"Driving the pedicab like you would a car, you have to be predictable. You can't be weaving in and out of traffic because people don't expect that," Mann, also a former driver, explained.

The men said their drivers are all well trained, and would be ready for Myrtle Beach.

"We're hoping that Myrtle Beach can reconsider and possibly accept it, and we'll see you on the streets in a few months!" Forgione said.

Some tourists who saw the bikes said they hoped for the same thing.

"I'm not much to be walking up and down the beach, but if I can get on one of those and somebody else take me around, I'm all for it," Shane Merriman, who was visiting with his family from Florida.

The men said they do not know when they will be able to go before council, but they hope to get their proposal added to an upcoming agenda.

In 2010, another pedicab company tried to be the first group to operate on the Grand Strand but city council postponed a final decision.

Count on News 13 to bring you any updates.

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