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Rogue ice cream sellers annoy legitimate vendors

Ice cream sellers who pedal their bicycles around Portland parks without city permits are annoying legitimate vendors.

Ice cream sellers who pedal their bicycles around Portland parks without city permits are annoying legitimate vendors.

Just like all other mobile businesses, such bikes are supposed to have city permits to, ahem, "pedal" their goods. But not one has sought a $120-a-month license from the Portland Parks Bureau this year. 
"Any money they're taking from us is money they're taking away from our programs," said Kevin Chance, who manages the Kerr Bikes kiosk in Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Kerr Bikes rents bicycles and sells snow cones and Ben & Jerry's treats for Albertina Kerr Centers, a Portland nonprofit that helps people with developmental and mental health disabilities.
Still, the bicycles are more nuisance than crisis, said Reid Decker, the market's promotions coordinator. He'd like the city to crack down but would pick efforts to keep shoppers safe first.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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