Dayton considers ‘pedal pub’ legislation for mobile drinking carts

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We take a ride on a pub crawl wagon. Video by Amelia Robinson

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Pedal pubs, which are mobile alcohol establishments, could hit the road in Dayton soon, if the city’s elected leaders allow it.

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Dayton commissioners on Wednesday are expected to have the first reading of legislation that would permit pedal pubs, or quadricycles businesses, to operate in the city, with some restrictions. City officials have expressed concerns about noise, litter and possible violations of open container laws.

Pedal pubs have become popular in cities across the nation.

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Local resident Lindsay Kleinhenz says she and her boyfriend, Chad Banter, were inspired to start their own pedal pub business, Dayton Pedaling Pub, after taking a tour around Nashville.

“We want to combine our bike rides and beer and see if can make a living out it,” Kleinhenz told this news outlet. She is an Alter High School graduate and nutrition service manager at Miami Valley Hospital South.

Cincinnati-based Pedal Wagon also wants to enter the Dayton market. It operates a 15-person wagon.

Cincinnati-based Pedal Wagon is coming to Dayton. CONTRIBUTED
Cincinnati-based Pedal Wagon is coming to Dayton. CONTRIBUTED

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Customers are transported around in a cart that that they help power but is steered by an employee. Customers get to imbibe while also getting some fresh air and touring the city.

The city is considering clarifying that these special bikes are not taxi cabs and modifying the city’s open containers laws.

The city is looking at requiring pedal-pub businesses to follow established route plans and time restrictions, with the goal of preventing trash and noise issues.

Dayton.com explained the business concept in this excerpt:

Cincinnati-based Pedal Wagon is bring its pedal and party concept to Dayton.

Co-founder Jack Heekin said his company will partner with restaurants, bars and other businesses in the Oregon District and elsewhere to offer pub crawls, progressive dinners, corporate outings, birthdays, bachelor and bachelorette parties, and other events.

The Pedal Wagon carts are controlled by sober drivers.

The company has been offered in Cincinnati for five years and in Columbus for three years.

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