Horse-drawn carriages? Check. Double-decker bus? Check. Land and water "Duck" tours? Check. City bike transist system? Check.
And soon three graduates from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga will introduce another way to tour the Scenic City.
After working to have the city code changed to allow their business to operate, Tammi and Eston Mayberry and Suzanne Bidek are bringing a pedal carriage to the streets of Chattanooga with their new company called Pints and Pedals.
The new business and "bike" provide groups the chance to pedal around downtown and the Southside.
Patrons can visit three to five local bars/restaurants during a tour that last about two hours.
But the Mayberrys said they are flexible to each group's desires. If a group is having a great time at one place and wants to stay there for a while, they can. The driver just has to be able to get back in time for his next tour.
They didn't want to name the restaurants on the route yet, but said they haven't experienced any negative feedback from business owners who they have approached.
The group of people on the tour don't drive, they pedal. There is a driver who steers and handles the breaks.
Chris Brown, who spent a year driving an Oscar Mayer wiener truck across the country, will help drive the carriage.
Call 423-380-8359 or email PintsandpedalsTN@gmail.com.
It takes about eight people to power the pedal carriage, and the business takes groups of up to 15.
The owners will work to fit indivuals into other tour groups, they said.
The carriage arrives in town next week, and the team will take it to the roads to test out the routes. Then they will debut it to the public Oct. 26 at Track 29's Halloween bash.
Consumers can currently pre-book tours, which will start at the beginning of Novemeber.
The tours will be available Thursday through Sunday, but the owners also said they are open to the possibility of other days, especially if a big group is interested in a tour.
The carriage goes about 5 miles per hour and helmets are available. It's strudy and has a wide bench on the back, Eston said.
Chattanooga resident Mark Stephens wrote a letter to local media outlets that said he isn't in favor of having Pints and Pedals operate in Chattanooga.
"The idea is to have people pedal while someone steers a large pedal cab," he said in the letter. "The problems arise as the pedal cab goes from bar to bar and the occupants become more and more drunk. They are then on the streets putting both themselves and others in danger."
Click here to read the entire letter and other responses to his opinion.
The tour costs $325 for 15 people or $28 a person.
The Mayberries said that their carriage is very safe and has gotten support from local city council members. They said it is a fun way to tour the city and they hope residents and tourists take advantage of their new service.
Drinking isn't allowed in the carriage, they also said.
The company's leaders went to other cities, such as Savannah and Nashville, to test out the carriages.
"It's so much fun," Eston said. "It's so unique—being on the vehicle itself. You're facing your friends and you're laughing. You're outside; the wind is blowing; you're getting some exercise. We love Chattanooga and so many cool places are popping up. This is great for tourists, but I think it's really cool for locals as well."
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