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Pub crawl could wheel through Cd'A

Bicycle would pedal up to 14 to downtown bars, restaurants

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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2013 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - Breaking news: buzzed bicyclists could pedal around downtown Coeur d'Alene this summer.

Actually, a new business venture wants to offer said cyclists the chance to do exactly that, but on an organized tour, and legal to boot.

It's called The Cycle Pub - at least for now - and it's a bicycle big enough for 14 people that will make pit stops into downtown bars and restaurants as part of a guided tour proposed by Mark Brown of Hayden.

"We actually thought it would be a fun thing to bring to Coeur d'Alene, said Brown, a perfusionist at Kootenai Health who borrowed the cycle pub idea from other cities such as Bend, Ore., and Boise.

The name is a little deceiving. No alcohol will be allowed on board, though the big, long bike does look like a long wooden bar, except there are pedals at the bottom of your stool. And those pedals make the bicycle go. Patrons will sit and pedal between destinations although there will be a sober driver from the company to steer the bike.

The cycling tour would cost $300 per group for a two-hour ride around town, available from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The route so far is planned to circle around Lakeside Avenue more than Sherman Avenue.

The city's General Services Committee recommended last week that the City Council approve a permit for the company to operate.

"It sounds like it could be a lot of fun," Councilman Steve Adams said. "Why not?"

Brown said if he gets the green light he could wait until next spring to operate, when the downtown McEuen Park construction is completed, or start it up as soon as the end of the summer. He also said he could explore allowing alcohol on board sometime in the future - which is done on cycle pubs in Bend and Boise.

The Coeur d'Alene Police department said the proposed business didn't raise any real concerns. A rule would be one boisterous patron could shut down the whole tour, so there would be incentive to self-police.

And again, it would look like a moving pub, it would stop outside of pubs, but wouldn't be a pub.

No booze on board.

"We want to play down the alcohol," Brown said. "I don't think it will impact the business not having" it.

The GSC recommended Brown lose the 'Pub' part of the business name as not to confuse people. The city will consider allowing Brown to operate the cycling tour May 7.

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  • Bob Loblaw posted at 9:38 am on Wed, May 1, 2013.

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    What could possibly go wrong? roflol

  • ancientemplar posted at 1:31 pm on Mon, Apr 29, 2013.

    ancientemplar Posts: 1283

    It should fit right in with the next event at the fair grounds- Bikes, Brews and BBQs.

  • voxpop posted at 12:29 pm on Mon, Apr 29, 2013.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    Booze on board ... not on board ... on board ... not ...
    Wonder which. Covering all bases no doubt.

    Amusing that said enterprise is being pushed by a "perfusionist". I'm assuming all participants will be thoroughly perfused when the ride is over. Will they then be getting back in their car?

  • will-- posted at 12:01 pm on Mon, Apr 29, 2013.

    will-- Posts: 1206

    If they can manage to peddle over to Washington they can add getting stoned to their experience.

  • Sheeken Hunter posted at 8:29 am on Mon, Apr 29, 2013.

    Sheeken Hunter Posts: 183

    Play down the alcohol? Good name for that, 'Pub Crawl'. Lets call bs what it is. And paying $300 for 2 hours. I am sure a lot of locals will sign up. Shut down if there is one unruly person. Hm. Not planning on staying in business very long.

  • SamuelStanding posted at 8:27 am on Mon, Apr 29, 2013.

    SamuelStanding Posts: 612

    Egggg-zactly mister d!
    Why wait a year....Revenue streams will be hurting in the downtown area, because people avoide destruction activites. Plus there will be no boat get the tour going! Start with putting this drunks in the Car d'Alene and let's see how well ONE sober operator can handle child like, drunken adults on a busy street.
    It does "look like fun."

  • mister d posted at 7:24 am on Mon, Apr 29, 2013.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    Lets see. The bike will look like a pub, they will ride around stopping at bars (to deink) but they want to down play the alcohol. What's the point.....

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