Chattanooga Double Decker Bus owner Rufus Marye said he must have had the same idea at about the same time as two other local entrepreneurs, because now he's preparing to launch Chattanooga Brew Choo, which is similar to Pints and Pedals. Both businesses are bringing pedal carriages to the streets of Chattanooga.
"Ours is a little bit different," he said. "It's a franchise called PedalPub. We are going to do pub crawls for the general public."
The pedal carriage will also be available for rent for private events.
Marye's pedal carriage has a barrel on the front, where he will keep root beer made by another local business, Pure Sodaworks. Each passenger will get free root beer, he said.
For $20 a person, passengers can take a trip that lasts about two hours and makes stops between the Aquarium and the Chattanooga Choo Choo.
It will cost $100 an hour for users who want to rent it for special parties.
The group of people on the tour don't drive, they pedal. There is a driver who steers and handles the breaks.
But, right now, Marye is offering free rides on the pedal carriage, because he's still waiting on approval from the city.
Marye's other business, Chattanooga Double Decker, recently started offering local residents and tourists a chance to experience Chattanooga's locally owned restaurants via the big red bus. Click here to read more about that.
After about two years in business, he recently expanded into the Nashville market with another double decker bus. And business there has been busy.
Locally, the double decker bus has been doing well for event rentals, he said.
"[Chattanooga Brew Choo] allows us to provide something fun to do for an event but that's half the cost of the double decker," he said.
There have been some rumbles of worry about whether these pedal carriages are good additions to the city.
Chattanooga resident Mark Stephens recently 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.
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