Right through the winter: Ride On.
Daniel with his fiance Theresa, and their daughter Scarlett.
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By day, Ride On Pedicab proprietor Dan Dominic can be found hanging out in Lakewood coffee shops with his one year-old daughter. In the evening, though, he goes to work downtown, pedaling passengers around East 4th Street, the Warehouse district, and a few other hot spots in a bicycle rickshaw, also known as a pedicab.
Dominic makes a living shuttling diners, dancers, concert-goers, Browns fans, and other visitors around downtown. His open air, human powered cab service has special appeal to people who want to see the city—up close, at a leisurely pace, and with an unobstructed view. He's entering his second cold season in the business. He keeps a blanket in the back seat of his cab for passengers to snuggle on cold days.
Business is good enough that Dominic has invested in additional pedicabs, and gives other cyclists shifts to earn some cash—especially riders he knows from his years as a bike messenger. He says the experience as a messenger—getting to know the streets , buildings, and people who work downtown, as well as developing the comfort and confidence that comes only from hundreds of hours on the road—is critical for operating his pedicab.
During the winter months, he has the same challenges faced by cyclists and anyone who spends time in the cold outdoors: He has to dress for the weather. But for a pedicab operator, it's complicated by the fact that rather than making a steady, uninterrupted effort and then going back inside, he stays out in the cold whether he's generating heat by pushing the pedals, or whether he's relaxing a little waiting for his next fare. That means layers. He says he likes wool a lot. Wool, and a nylon windbreaker.
Winter cuts back his schedule only slightly: he won't work if it's raining or snowing and colder than the mid-thirties. But still, Wednesday through Saturday evenings, he's out giving tours and delivering people across town in style. He'll work the Winterfest tree lighting on Public Square. He'll be out in Lakewood December 1 for that city's tree lighting and holiday parade. And he won't miss a game when the Browns are at home.
Dominic doesn't make a big deal about any of this. From his perspective, he's just one more Cleveland business that keeps going through the North Coast winter.