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These veteran pedicab drivers stake their fortunes on festivals like Austin City Limits


Psychologists, lawyers and accountants can all bank $500 a day because they have specialized skill sets that require countless hours of study to master. During peak festival days, pedicab drivers match their rate, earning that kind of cash with a skill set of an entirely different kind. They have expert riding skills. Just ask this pedicab worker who dresses up like Wonder Woman.


Pedicabs make routes from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m, roughly the hours people travel in and around the Austin City Limits Music Festival. At 10 p.m., as the festival is ending and tens of thousands of people are streaming into the street, the pedicabs charge as much $40 dollars for a ride no longer than a football field...

It's like Christmas. I've heard some people can make a $1000 dollars a day, but they work from like 10a.m. to three in the morning
Cesar T, pedicab driver

Pedicabs can charge that much partly because patrons have no other way of leaving the festival. Roads next to the festival are completely blocked off to taxis and cars.

The pedicabs of Austin form a tight-knit community. If a bike is broken down on the side of the road, another pedicabber will stop by to offer help. Veteran pedicab drivers travel all around the country working festivals like ACL and Coachella. It's a grueling and all-consuming lifestyle.

Check out our full coverage of the ACL festival.

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