Pedicabs, pedal carriages in Nashville could see more regulations

Pedicabs, pedal carriages in Nashville could see more regulations (Image 1)

More regulation could be coming for pedicabs and pedal carriages operating in Nashville.

Even though pedal-powered businesses have taken off in and around the area, they’re still not regulated.

Part bicycle and part tavern, pedal carriages give locals and visitors alike a tour of downtown Nashville from a bicycle seat.

Adults can bring alcoholic beverages on board and the customers do all the work. Currently, the companies have to self-regulate on issues like determining safe weather conditions, alcohol limits, and background checks for drivers.

Brian Gleason, operations manager of Nashville Pedal Tavern, thinks the city should be more involved.

“We just wanted to make sure that, as new companies come in, we are all following the same rules,” said Gleason.

On Thursday, the Metro Transportation and Licensing Commission recommended that the city begin regulating pedicabs and pedal carriages.

In theory, Metro would decide in which areas of town the businesses can operate and whether any alcohol limits will be set.

The Metro Council could have a first reading on the issue as early as November.

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