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Council passes beer ordinance for Pedi Cabs in first reading

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - Pedi cab business owners are now one step closer to allowing beer onto their bikes after the City Council passed the first reading of the ordinance with a few amendments attached.

Dax Turner and Chris Brown are the owners of Pints and Pedals.

So far they believe their business ventures are successful.

"We thought it would be a lot of locals but people from Minnesota, Texas have found us online and come to Chattanooga to experience the pedals,” said Brown.

But they say one more detail would be the icing on the cake for their downtown tours.

"We're wanting to add for our customers to be able to enjoy a beer in between the stops," said Turner.

Which would mean customers could bring beer to drink while riding on the bike.

"The beer would be for only the bike, it wouldn't be allowed to be taken off the bike it would be for only the bike," said Turner.

Councilman Chris Anderson amended the ordinance from allowing only 2 drinks per patron to no limit at all.

"These rides can take anywhere from 1 to 3 or 4 hours so to set a limit of drinks is not the way to do it. We want to assure people are safe when drinking but we need to do it on a case by case basis," said Anderson.

Anderson tells Channel 3 it's only fair to allow the Pedi cabs the opportunity, when the state law allows open containers in motorized vehicles.

"If we treat this any differently that a taxi or double decker bus then we are doing a disservice to these entrepreneurs," said Anderson.

Brown says the approval of the ordinance would mean more business and more tax dollars for Chattanooga.

"We do believe there will be a bump of about 20 percent in our business if we can have beer on the bike," said Brown.         

While some councilmen disagreed with the ordinance, others believed the passing of the first reading was in the best interest of Chattanooga.

"I thought it went well, it showed that the council is for supporting innovative new businesses coming to our town,” said Moses Freeman, Councilman.

This was only the first reading, the Council will vote again next week on the ordinance.

If passed, Councilman Freeman said they would revisit the ordinance again next year to see if any changes need to be made.


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