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.