“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you have to keep moving.” – Albert Einstein
When I applied to be a pedicab driver in the Spring of 2005, I had no idea that one day I would start Pirate Pedicab. At the time, I was a broke Providence College student, needing money as badly as I needed to lose the “freshman-15” so generously distributed around my waist. I needed a job, but I was sick of working for other people. I didn’t want to bus tables on Providence’s Federal Hill anymore — I needed something different, something completely surprising. So when I came across an ad for a pedicab driver position, I didn’t hesitate for one second. Pretty soon I was riding a tricycle around for eight hours a day, four to five days a week, meeting people from all over the world, and having a blast the whole time.
Since 2005 I’ve had a bunch of different experiences, but pedicabbing has remained a constant. I graduated from college, taught arts-based workshops with adjudicated youth, and then finally started teaching high school in 2008 at The Met School in Providence, Rhode Island. I spend a lot of my time encouraging students to pursue their passions, to push themselves academically and personally, and to take risks in the real world. It’s only right that I practice what I preach. In the Summer of 2011, I took a risk of my own and started Pirate Pedicab. We’ve been rolling strong ever since. No matter what road I go down next, it’s safe to say that I’ll be rolling down it on a pedicab.