One man and his pedicab business showing optimism amid Covid-19 restrictions

Restaurants, bars, and gyms have all been negatively impacted due to the pandemic as well as transportation businesses.

Posted: Nov 16, 2020 7:22 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Mike Griffith, known as Mike G-Ride uses his Pedi-bike to take people in Chico from one destination to another, and even with coronavirus restrictions, he remains optimistic.

"I go out there to make people dance, so if people are dancing all over the place, for me that is what I am all about," said Griffith. 

Griffith started from nothing with being homeless and living in the park at One Mile to providing locals with rides for over 15 years, but since the shut down in March due to the coronavirus, things just haven't been the same.

"When we were shut down it was life-changing because I am not used to not doing anything," explained Griffith. "So far, from there and all the way to today I have done something, but I use to get 15 rides a night, now I get one or two."

Griffith said he is able to still survive because of his sponsors.

"If it wasn't for these guys all over the bike," said Griffith. "The best in the business. These are the best restaurants and everything in the business. They sponsor me and that saved me."

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With rain and cold weather coming in, Griffith will have to reduce his rides even more.

"I mean when it is pouring, of course, I am not going to be out there. I am going to be snuggling up with this dude," said Griffith as he pointed to his dog.

Overall, he is just thankful he still has a job.

"I see a lot of good in the world," said Griffith. "There is a lot of crazy stuff, especially with COVID, so I am blessed to have a job and be apart of this community. It is just crazy when I ride around. it is fun."

Even though Butte County went back to the purple tier Monday, Griffith said he will continue to rock in the streets. He will provide rides to people in Chico every Thursday through Saturday evening.

California Coronavirus Cases

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San Bernardino845311129
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Lassen14803
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Lake83218
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