A united City Council gave unanimous approval Tuesday to a measure that will regulate pedicab operations around the College World Series.
The vote brought to conclusion a controversy sparked after city officials sought to ban the strange-looking bicycles and other vehicles from ferrying passengers around TD Ameritrade Park during the baseball tournament.
Authorities said the effort was designed to keep the vehicles from clogging traffic and perhaps inviting pedestrians to enter the roadway.
Opponents of the ban and police officials eventually negotiated a substitute measure, in what's largely been hailed as a successful compromise.
Horse carriages would be exempt from the new rules.
Pedicabs would be able to operate around the stadium — except along stretches of 10th and 13th Streets from Capitol Avenue to Cuming Street, and along Cuming Street from 13th to 24th Streets.
Pedicab operators also would need to secure a permit each year before working the tournament. Each company would be limited to four pedicab permits, at a cost of $100 apiece. Only 25 permits would be issued.
The pedicab restrictions would begin three days before the series opens and end on the tournament's final day.
The deadline to apply for permit will be May 15. But council members approved an amendment to allow pedicab operators to submit applications through June 8, for this year only.
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