Call Him Mellow Yellow

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I thoroughly enjoy Turtle Bay, the Sundial Bridge and our amazing Sacramento River Trail. But often in the heat of the summer, after a walk from the museum through the arboretum, I feel like I need aloe, a respirator and IV fluids. Now there’s a better way to enjoy our community’s natural treasures without sun stroke, lack of oxygen and dehydration: Sit back, relax and let Bob Frost do the work.

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Bob has introduced the pedicab, a rickshaw for the 21st-century, to Redding and launched Sundial Pedicab, the latest enhancement to our Sundial-Arboretum-Turtle Bay recreation trilogy. Bob, a retired Shasta-Trinity Forest Service timber salesman and firefighter, conceptualized Sundial Pedicab in the early ’90s as he watched the construction of the Court Street and Sundial bridges. A resident of Lake Redding, he was always drawn to the river trail and briefly considered a pedicab for personal use.

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His pedicab didn’t replace his car, however, until this year, when his dreams to provide a safe, comfortable, eco-friendly way to see our city’s attractions came true. Bob, anxious to use his new toy, “didn’t even roll it out of the garage,” for the first month, patiently waiting for a break in January’s winter weather. His first “fare” was on January 31, a clear, 60-degree day, and he’s been pedaling ever since, for birthday celebrations, anniversaries and weddings.

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But you don’t need a special occasion to call Bob. He will pick you up in the Turtle Bay parking lot for a casual tour of the Sundial Bridge, McConnell Arboretum and Gardens and the surrounding trail systems. (A $5 fare buys a 15-minute ride for two passengers.) Bob’s longest tour was a two-hour jaunt from Turtle Bay to Keswick, roundtrip.

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Bob’s pedicab was also the travel mode of choice for many of this year’s Kool April Nights attendees and you will often find him shuttling guests during breaks in the Home and Garden shows and other Convention Center events.

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The Sundial Pedicab, built by Main Street Pedicabs in Colorado, features all of the bells and whistles required of a vehicle on the street: headlights, running lights, turn signals and rearview mirrors. The low, slip-resistant step and hand rail make it easy to hop on and off, even for those with mobility issues. And have no fear. His new toy’s pieces and parts are expertly cared for by the bicycle gurus at the Chain Gang. The pedicab will soon be equipped with a canopy-mounted misting system, to keep shaded riders cool under Redding’s summer rays.

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However, when you ride with Bob, you get more than a fun, safe, effortless ride. Bob has become something of an expert in the flora and fauna of the Arboretum and is learning about the public art that adorns the garden’s Mediterranean landscape.

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Bob, who says that he “couldn’t have asked for a better reception” when he introduced Sundial Pedicab, is charming and affable. He beams when he relays stories of riders who return renewed from an hour-long, contemplative ride in his pedicab. I believe him when he says that the best part of his new career is “just seeing people happy.”

To schedule a scenic cruise on the Sacramento River Trail or the Sundial Bridge, call Bob Frost, owner and operator of Sundial Pedicab, (530) 351-1755. For more information, email sundialpedicab1@yahoo.com.

Adam Mankoski is a recent North State transplant who feels completely at home here. He enjoys experiencing and writing about the people, places and things that embody the free spirit of the State of Jefferson. He and his partner own HawkMan Studios and are the creators of Redding’s 2nd Saturday ArtHop. Email your North State news and events to adamm.anewscafe@gmail.com.

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is a recent North State transplant who feels completely at home here. He enjoys experiencing and writing about the people, places and things that embody the free spirit of the State of Jefferson. He and his partner are the owners of HawkMan Studios and the creators of Redding’s 2nd Saturday Art Hop.
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10 Responses

  1. Barbara Rice Barbara Rice says:

    This is great! This is the kind of thing you'd see in SF – great for the tourist trade or residents alike, non-polluting, innovativee. Good luck!

  2. Avatar Canda says:

    How wonderful to have such a high-tech pedicab in Redding. Congratulations, Bob. What a great way for you to get your exercise, and to meet people. I look forward to a ride in your cab! Best of luck to you!

  3. Avatar Adrienne jacoby says:

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS!!!! Now i know EXACTLY what I want for my birthday!!! I'm going to call him and book it right now!! WHEEEEE!!!!
    p.s., can it hold more than one at a time?

  4. Avatar Crowsfete says:

    Creativity of Redding expands again. Perhaps if Redding Mayor Jones won't step foot on the Sundial Bridge, he might opt for a pedicab tour. He might then be guided to the community river trails, find the Art League in Caldwell Park, and the farmers markets.

  5. Avatar Grammalyn says:

    Congratulations on someone willing to step outside the box. I know that this will be a great success. The price is fair, it looks like fun, and this guy has a mile wide smile. Perfect.

  6. Avatar Lana says:

    I am so excited about telling our visitors to Redding about this fun way to see the Sundial!!!! I I will have to get some of his brochures for the CofRdg's Visitor's Bureau……well, at least we can use them through May! Good Luck and Success Bob Frost!!

  7. Avatar Kate says:

    This is fantastic!! Loved the article and the information and all the best to Bob! Could he please expand his business to Downtown..so we could "Park and Ride" and Shophop all day?
    I like to walk, but getting from Downtown Market St., to Downtown Oregon St. is a long way…especially if I'm shopping. We need "Downtown Transport" of some sort… a trolley, a pedicab, horse and buggy?

    • Avatar Adam Mankoski says:

      Kate – Your wish may come true. Bob is going to bring the pedicab downtown for 2nd Saturday ArtHop in May (June to Sept) and see how it goes. Enjoy the receptions (and the food and drinks) and be shuttled by pedicab. Sweet!

      • Avatar Kate says:

        What great news!! Yay! I hope it all goes well and is very successful for Bob! Should be lots of fun!

  8. Avatar Ann Webber says:

    Love him & love you, Adam!