NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Next month, the Nashville Transportation Licensing Commission will discuss if pedal taverns should be restricted in where they can go and during what hours.
News 2 decided to investigate into how else the pedal taverns are regulated.
Pedal taverns are regulated the same way as city taxi cabs.
In fact, golf cart drivers, pedicab drivers and the drivers of horse-drawn carriages must all pass a finger-printed background check.
Nashville Pedal Tavern started as the first pedal tavern company in the city.
Since then, more companies have opened similar ideas and now, there are almost 20 pedal taverns on downtown streets.
But are they safe?
Josh Cloud has worked with Nashville Pedal Tavern since it opened.
“We’re very much by the book,” he told News 2. “I know it doesn’t look like it if you’ve never been on here but we follow very strict guidelines.”
Those guidelines, aside from the background checks, include inspections and noise restrictions.
If a pedal tavern is too loud it can receive a citation. The inspection is similar to the one given to taxi cabs.
“It’s like any other vehicle,” said Transportation Licensing Commission Director Billy Fields. “We’re going to look at the moving parts to make sure they’re in good order. We’re going to be looking for anywhere there could a break in the frames, the tires, the gearing and that sort of thing.”
There are nearly 20 pedal taverns on downtown streets. According to Fields, the biggest complaint the commission gets is that they slow traffic down.
The tavern only travels about four miles an hour.
“It’s a little obnoxious, but we do our best to get out of your way,” said Cloud.
There’s also the question of safety.
There are no seat backs or seatbelts and if customers sign a waiver, you don’t have to wear a helmet.
The pedal tavern companies say, they will stop a ride if someone becomes too intoxicated to pedal or sit safely.
According to the city, no pedal tavern or pedicab has been hit by a car and there have been no serious injuries associated with the pedal taverns reported.