Pedicab Services Need to Cross Chattanooga Bridges

Reported by: Caitlyn Jones

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Updated: 4/15 11:17 pm
        Edward Bruner thinks his pedicab company has the potential for success in downtown Chattanooga.
       "I just drive people around, mostly tourists, some locals.  Usually Thursday, Friday, Saturday nights from four to about midnight," said Bruner.
        But he's quickly learned that "getting around" may not be as easy as just peddling along.
        "Pedicabs are not allowed to go across any bridges.  Anywhere.  Which is kind of ridiculous.  Walnut street bridge is definitely the big one because it connects north and south parts of Chattanooga" said Bruner.
        The Chattanooga city council is working to make regulations easier on pedicab businesses.          They passed an ordinance that amends some of the restricting codes.
        "It increases the number of passengers from three to 15 passengers for the pedi cab or pedal carriage. The second thing it does is it allows the board to have more discretions about the width of the carriage" said City Attorney Wade Hinton.
        Bruner still has to deal with not being able to cross major bridges in the city.
        Hinton says that's something that is still up for consideration.
        "To look at that issue or to even consider that issue there are a number of safety issues we will have to consider, we'll have to determine if there's a limit in terms of the size of a pedi cab that could cross the bridge or if it makes sense to leave the ordinance as it's currently written,
 Hinton said.
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