Uptown Party Bike Wants To Change Alcohol Rules
CHARLOTTE, NC-Uptown Charlotte's newest attraction, The Party Pedaler, is part bike, part trolley and now owners want to make it part bar.
"For people to get on the bike and have a light cocktail and pedal around Uptown... it's just a fun night out," said Tracey Sanchez, owner of Party Pedaler.
Right now, all Party Pedaler customers have to sign a waver that states they understand that public consumption is not allowed in Uptown because of a local ordinance. The business wants city council to waive that ordinance so they can allow alcohol on a B.Y.O.B. basis.
City Councilman Andy Dulin is against the proposal, saying someone could fall off into traffic if intoxicated.
"I'm all for dowtown and entertainment, but I just don't think that's safe. Looks like there are too many variables," said Dulin.
But Party Pedaler owners say there are over 30 party bikes operating throughout the country with no reported accidents.
"They are pub crawling, so just because they don't have beer and wine on the bike, doesn't mean they haven't consumed," said Sanchez.
Southern Breeze Carriage Tours is also affected by the current alcohol ordinance. Owners of the 12 year-old business say they want to stay family-friendly and alcohol-free.
"We really don't condone it. From a liability standpoint, we're ok with it the way it is," said Bridger Medlin, owner of Southern Breeze.
But for the party bike, they want to boost tourism and think booze is the way to go.
Similar party bikes in Raleigh, Nashville and Austin currently allow alcohol onboard.