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Lawmakers to Consider Regulating Biking Tavern Tours -- Sky Arnold

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The Nashville Pedal Tavern is one part pedal and one part party.

The company provides a bike tour through downtown and midtown with a specially designed bike that seats 10 peddlers.

Riders are allowed to drink beer while they pedal.

Pam Petrucci and her family took the tour Monday.

"I saw it going around downtown and it looked awesome and I thought this is great," said Petrucci.

Nashville Pedal Tavern started providing its tours in 2010.

The concept has become so popular there are now two other companies providing them in Nashville.

That's bringing a new concern that wasn't present when owners first approached Nashville for permission.

"Basically they said there was nothing in place to regulate this but as long as we followed a few rules they would let us run the business," said Brian Gleason with the Nashville Pedal Tavern.

Those rules include having taillights and following traffic rules but Gleason says something more is needed now.

Gleason believes companies running these tours need to be inspected.

He also says there need to be rules governing how many bikes are on the road, where they go and most importantly, ensuring they don't use motors.

"Part of the reason we stay safe is because it is relied on strictly the passengers to pedal," said Gleason.

Tuesday morning Metro Council will hold a meeting to talk about proposed regulation for pedal tours.


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