Tuk-tuks have officially arrived in Stillwater.
Minnesota’s first three-wheeled electric tuk-tuk arrived at 11:22 a.m. on May 22, James Cashman said. The tuk-tuk then made its way downtown and spent some time along the river on Wednesday night.
E-TUK MN drivers will offer free rides and mini-tours all over downtown Stillwater, Cashman said. The plan to is to generate revenue with tips, donations and advertising.
The tuk-tuk service is available for free rides in downtown Stillwater during the afternoons and evenings.
The tuk-tuks will be used as a courier service and passenger shuttle — possibly citywide if they perform well on hills — to and from homes, apartments, businesses, hotels, marinas, restaurants, parking spots, bars, boats, churches and event centers.
The official grand opening for the tuk-tuk service will be on Monday, June 27 — 127 years to the day (June 27, 1889), after Minnesota’s first electric street railway system began operating in Stillwater.
E-TUK MN’s website and app are still in development, Cashman said.
“E-tuks have a captivating appeal that instantly turn heads in wonderment and produce a desire to want to hop on to ride, and/or participate as an advertiser or sponsor,” Cashman told me last month. “Most riders will likely experience exuberance and a heightened sense of wellbeing that can turn a bad day into a good day, maybe even a great day. They seem to naturally enhance and uplift your love of life and make everything seem better, at least for the moment.”
Sounds like a tough deal to turn down — afterall, it’s free.
So if you see a tuk-tuk around, get your smile on, take a photo, enjoy your ride — and tip your driver.
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