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Louisville business wants drinking to be allowed on bike tours

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A local business is working with legislators to allow drinking on bike tours.

Representatives from Louisville and Shelbyville are sponsoring House Bill 86. They're working with the Thirsty Pedaler, which seats up to 15 and has several bar tours.

The driver is a sober employee who steers, while others help pedal the bike.

The bill would allow people who rent the bike for the 2-hour tour to bring their own beer and wine in a cooler, but no liquor.

The business is not looking for a liquor license to sell alcohol.

Other cities like Nashville, Houston and Minneapolis have the same thing.

On Tuesday afternoon, a representative of The Thirsty Pedlar sent WDRB's Valerie Chinn a written statement on the proposed legislation. It read:

Our statement on House Bill 86 is that we would like to allow our of-age customers to bring their beverages onboard while on our 2-hour tour. We are a privately owned company and are not a public mode of transportation. We operate similar to a motorless limousine. We provide a driver and customers at no time have any operational control of the bike. Our driver has full control and can override their pedaling at any time. We have car brakes, turn signals and lights similar to a car or limousine. We make everyone sign a waiver, check IDs and give them a safety briefing. We also offer helmets and safety is of utmost priority to us. Our latest tour is at 8:45 p.m. and we are off the streets by 11 p.m.  

Our customers would not fall under the open container laws, because that is for MOTOR vehicles. There is currently a gray area in the law and we would like consideration just as a limousine or RV.

Some cities that currently allow this are Nashville, Minneapolis, Austin and Wisconsin  just signed a similar bill into law. We feel that many support this bill and are fighting to pass it. We have no lobbyists or lawyers helping us, we are just small business owners that want our voices to be heard. We believe we brought something unique to Louisville that is fun and exciting, while contributing a great deal of revenue to the local and state economy.


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