So, a new year as started and after closing our own garage in central London, operating a garage was never our core business and at 8000 sq feet, very distracting 🙂 So now we operate inside central London with our associates, which gives every one their own area of expertise.
This years vision and focus is towards our media and events side, with one extra direction, which is our expansion into the south of France and germany. See our map https://firstname.lastname@example.org,2.5674301,6z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!6m1!1s1_z8J5E6qWWmD7i8uekTV4uQgFJU?hl=en
Our French venture will include collaborating with some of the amazing zero emission associations, already operating.
Watch this space 😉
November is nearly upon us and after Octobers Halloween, we are now about to start into a season for fairy lights and wedding nights. The wedding Bugbugs are wrapped in glittering cream fabrics and velvet cushions, a perfect way to travel from the church to reception, often leading the procession of wedding guests.
The options for style are as varied as the weddings themselves, from Bollywood, to Steampunk, to horticultural green decoration to traditional white, all can and has been tried, so what would you want? Feel free to talk to us and to explore your human powered transport choice.
Spring has turned into early summer and the weather in London swings from the traditional wet and grey to bright sun and blue sky’s (with the occasional white fluffy cloud). The best part of this time of the year are the new faces, the adventurers who come to role through the city on three, peddle powered wheels, some seek escape from the ‘boardroom’ of a future life working in an office, some for more adventure and a tiny few, who’ll build an empire. Each one of us a story unfolding, as we catch the hours, days, weeks and months, butterflies in the city’s flowing river of people and transport. Adverts will catch our eyes, windows will lead us away and people will offer promise and adventures. A season is of many shades, a game of chess, a game of chance and often a leap into the unknown.
These Bugbugs riders will be unlike any other batch and each group have the eyes of youths and the skills of hunters, I love the slow steps at the start that some make, the huge plunge a few make and the gentle unfolding of the tales, as they meet the city head on. I’m reminded of the days I started, how everything was moving lights and smells. From the spicy air in china town to the perfume rich soho, to the mix of humanity a rickshaw rider is both a passing shadow to the saviour, to the transport pimp, all adventure is open and ready to role, so I ask myself what will this year bring and my eyes are keen to see and my heart is ready to role, the roller coaster that’s this new season.
So with the end of our financial year behind us, a quick summery to review how we moved along into this new year.
Bugbugs are now nearing the goal of having moved all our older rickshaws to new homes, a place they can do more good then being parked at our garage. The great thing is that our old fleet were exceptional and it feels good to see them go to new places, helping the expansion of the pedicab industry.
So, as the old bikes go, we start bringing online our new BugKMs and the even newer baby BugKMs, which will replace in but a few years our current work horse. The balance to swap to new from the old is partly to maximise reliability but also to help us stay ahead of our competitors, a game each company will need to play.
The business cycle works on replacing our equipment every 5years and to include improvements we discover each year. Looking at our new bikes, I feel excited for the future and already know were we will go. Experience tells me that the money we spend is well placed, on this UK built creation. Standards are high from the steel to the parts and ridding one of these beauty’s is nothing like the ones I started on.
London today holds all the previous generations of pedicabs and Rickshaws we started our learning curve on, the lesson I saw, not taken by all, who then slowly pass into history. To stand still is to pass into the past, each firm choosing how much to spend on the future and how much to take now. Those that spent time sowing the ground are now reaping the rewards, those that ate all the seeds have passed and are now long gone.
Business life is like farming, you reap what you sow.
The last two days were spent showing two South Korean gentlemen around how Bugbugs media operate their rickshaw business and exchanging ideas.
It was time well spent, as I discovered how forward thinking the Korean government are in respect to attracting tourism and the transportation of these income sources.
Global tourism will in the next decade grow considerably, as people gain resources to travel from one country to the next and a greater important will need to be given to what will be on offer to show a wealth of local sites. Pedicab and Rickshaws are environmentally friendly and offer transport at human speeds, this is why so many cities now feature them.
We will see what will develop next, so watch this space
Another few weeks have passed and we’ll soon hit December 2013, a season for giving rides, enjoying the merry spirit of people heading to parties and catching a bike taxi to the train.
It’s also the part of the year we start handing out a bit of ‘tough love’. In the rickshaw community you have a whole range of different types but a very small group tend to think that the summer was for getting stoned, then sadly, as the winter comes life becomes tough and this creates problems of need.
The riders that fall into this crack are far and few between but sadly impact on others more then their numbers suggest.
From only earning enough to get stoned or drunk or high, this group struggle with rental payments for rickshaw, home and life, usually sleeping rough in the rickshaw of another and taking things that are not their own, so the impact of desperation ripples to those around, those that put effort into the summer to enjoy the winter time off.
So how do we give this tough love and why? Well, we know if we ask them to leave our base at this point of the year, they manage to wake up and start the mad rush to sort out a place to live, some cash to eat and a bike to work or to move on to other places in the world were support or money lasts longer. If we leave it longer then the start of December, then they will already be in the hard time, with no way to make the resources to change.
Each year this group has a few members who are ill prepared to struggle through the quite time of January and February because they have no reserves.