City Council Agrees To Delay Action On Allowing Beer On Pedicabs For A Week

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

City Council members, saying there are a number of unanswered questions and concerns, agreed to delay for one week an ordinance allowing beer consumption on pedicabs.

Officials of two pedicab firms said their business is thriving taking up to 15 patrons from bar to bar, but adding the beer en route would be a plus.

The council was told that patrons would be able to bring coolers of beer onto the pedicab, but would only be able to drink what the driver poured into a cup.

The council heard from Dax Turner of Pints and Pedals, who operates mainly on the Southside, and Rufus Marye, who has a downtown operation called The Chattanooga Brew Choo.

Mr. Turner said the pedicabs are proving a hit and getting patronage from bachelor parties, bachelorette parties, businesses on team building missions, etc.

He said they are slow moving - going only up to 5 mph downhill.He said most of the time is spent inside the bars and there is only about nine minutes of pedaling on a trip.

Some eight establishments are visited during the two-hour tour. He said all the pedal power is by the patrons, who are involved in "singing an a lot of fanfare."

Mr. Turner said the pedicabs are an added attraction for the city and a reason for tourists to return. 

Mr. Marye, who also operates a double-decker bus, said, "What we're doing is awesome for the city."

Assistant City Attorney Ken Fritts said the city has no liability involved, but the chief assistant city attorney, Phil Noblett, would not go that far. He said the city could be named in case of anything going awry.

Councilman Chris Anderson said he is in favor of "alcohol freedom," but he said some changes were needed, including requiring drivers to go through a five-hour alcohol safety course.

Councilman Moses Freeman said, "I think your business is needed on our streets."

Some other council members wondered if horse and carriage operators might want the same privilege. Attorney Fritts said the number of horse and carriage operators has dropped from four to one.

Councilman Carol Berz questioned whether the transportation inspector would be able to take on another duty. 

 

 


Funeral Is Monday Evening For Prominent Pikeville Doctor Who Died In Motorcycle Wreck On Dayton Mountain

Funeral services will be Monday for a prominent Pikeville physician who died in a motorcycle crash on Friday night. The Tennessee Highway Patrol said Dr. David Leon McKinney Jr. lost control of his motorcycle while traveling east on Highway 30 on Dayton Mountain. He was trying to pass a tractor trailer and a pickup truck going down the mountain when a vehicle came around ... (click for more)

New Chattanooga Railroad Book Will Feature 69 Chapters

A new book on Chattanooga's intriguing railroad history to be published by Chattanoogan.com will feature 69 chapters and cover rail history here and in surrounding towns. Railroads In and Around Chattanooga is due to be off the presses around the first of October. The book by Chattanoogan.com publisher John Wilson, with many photos by Chattanoogan.com photographer Wes ... (click for more)

DWT Is DUI - And Response

A routine narrative of a DUI arrest report goes something like this:   The defendant was operating a motor vehicle in the 00 block of sonsoroad. The driver was weaving back and forth across the marked roadway. The defendant drove through a stop sign. Was stopped at an intersection despite the traffic light was green. Entered the lane of another vehicle and caused a ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What Voters Think

There are over 9,000 students who attend Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., which – in an effort to be relative -- is just a touch smaller than our UT-Chattanooga. What makes Quinnipiac unique is that it is home of The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, which produces what’s called the “Q Poll” because hardly anybody knows how to pronounce “Kwin-uh-pe-ack.” The Q ... (click for more)

UTC Soccer Falls 2-0 To Elon At Finley Stadium

Elon's Kelly Siewers scored a pair of second half goals to lift the visiting Phonix to a 2-0 in against the UTC women’s soccer team  Sunday afternoon in non-conference action at Finley Stadium. The Mocs drop to 0-3 on the year while the Phoenix improve to 2-1 overall. For the third straight match, the Mocs did not allow a first-half goal. However, the Phoenix were ... (click for more)

Baylor Sweeps Two Nashville Teams In Volleyball Saturday

Volleyball teams from Brentwood Academy and Pope John Paul II have at least one thing in common on Saturday following matches with Baylor and GPS.  They both headed back to Nashville with a win and a loss as both beat GPS and both lost to Baylor. Baylor improved to 13-1 overall and 3-0 in region play with Saturday's two wins, including a 3-1 verdict over Brentwood ... (click for more)