George Bliss (pedicab designer)
George Bliss is a bicycle designer living, working and teaching in Manhattan, New York City. He has taught bike frame welding at Parsons The New School for Design. Bliss coined the cycling term "Critical Mass" in the Ted White documentary Return of the Scorcher  (1992) to describe the way cars, bicycles and pedestrians negotiate uncontrolled busy intersections in China.
He pioneered the niche bicycle industry in Manhattan, specifically custom designed freight bicycles including the "Dump Trike" and the smaller "Pick-Up Trike" and pedicabs. From 1995 to 2015, Bliss owned and operated a pedicab rental business (The Hub Station) in SoHo and then in the West Village.. The business also sold and repaired recumbent bicycles, folding bicycles, electric bicycles, kick scooters and Xootrs with electric motors attached. Facing rent increases, and competition from the Citi Bike bike share, Bliss closed his retail location.
- Thomas Beller's article in Slate
- Bicycle Chic Gains Speed The New York Times
- Transportation: Quadriceps for Hire New York Magazine
- Three-wheelin': pedicabs make inroads on city streets Columbia
- Additional Uses for Freight Cycles Transportation Alternatives
- Not fare, says bike taxi owner forced to sell fleet Downtown Express
- Tricycles the answer to NYC gridlock? The Christian Science Monitor
- HUB blog
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