Pedicab challenges: Mike G-Ride

Mike G-Ride has been giving locals a ride in his trolley and pedi-cab for nearly 15 years, but says he hit a road block.

Posted: May 24, 2020 11:28 AM
Updated: May 24, 2020 11:31 AM

CHICO, Calif. -- The Coronavirus pumped the breaks for one local biker and his business.

Mike Griffith, known as Mike G-Ride has been giving locals a ride in his trolley and Pedi-cab for nearly 15 years. But says he’s hit a road block.

“I’ve never had this happen before,” said Griffith. “I missed all the big holidays when I can make a lot of money, my sponsors, they helped me stay alive, but most of them aren’t open.”

Mike says he hasn’t made a dime since March.

“Everyone’s dealing with it, but I feel bad for the kids that went to school for years and can’t walk right now,” said Griffith.

Since Chico State and Butte College moved to online, most businesses like Mike’s have seen sales plummet.

“This is my grand finale week,” said Griffith. “All the new people in town and all the people that haven’t seen me before, I get crazy for them, this whole graduation week and nothing.”

Mike says he usually makes $2,000 during graduation week, but now he says he can’t even afford rent.

“It’s devastating, I just can’t wait to get back to work,” said Griffith. “But, I understand there’s a right time for it.”

Mike’s transportation business is considered essential, but he believes it is unsafe due to the lack of distance between him and his customers.

“I’ve been riding around busy streets and playing for people and everyone’s coming outside cheering me on and I’m dancing to bring them happy spirits, but it’s tough.

Mike says people can still book him for drive by birthdays and events.

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