The Woodstock City Council is weighing regulations for party bicycles and pedal pubs, as a business owner is hoping to set up shop for one in the downtown area.
The council agreed to wait until Aug. 16 to vote on city code changes that would regulate party bicycles and pedal pubs.
Community Development Intern Andrew Moody, who has been working on the changes, said the proposed amendments still need some additional work before they are ready to be officially voted on.
Party bikes and pedal pubs are already allowed under city law. The proposed code changes define “quadricycle” and “quadricycle business,” which would apply to the bicycles and the businesses that operate them on city streets. In the latest version, the regulations would also require safety measures: hip restraints on all passenger seats, a headlight, taillight and rearview mirror mounted to the bike, a sign on the rear of the bike designating it as a slow-moving vehicle and all under-16 passengers to wear a helmet while on the bike.
A proposed noise limit for speakers on the bikes has been reduced from 100 decibels to 90 decibels since the regulations were presented June 21, Moody and Community Development Director Brantley Day said. City staff also recommended that a motor be required for any such vehicle in order to assist with the bike’s propulsion.
Councilman David Potts said he was concerned about potential noise, especially when party bikes were in the vicinity of the residential units on Chambers Street. Councilman Rob Usher suggested the bikes could provide helmets for younger riders and have a way to sanitize them, so families who might want to ride would not have to carry helmets around.
Amelia Moore with Pedal Punk Atl, LLC has applied for both an occupational tax license and a pedicab business license in order to set up a pedal pub business in downtown.
As part of the process, the bike’s proposed route through downtown Woodstock was presented to the council for consideration. According to Moore, the route would begin on Fowler Street in a parking lot across from Prime 120 and travel in a circuit that would start at a parking lot near Prime 120 and include Chambers Street, Wheeler Street, East Main Street, Main Street, Towne Lake Parkway, Wall Street, Elm Street, Market Street, Fowler Street and back to the lot.
There would be four stops along the route: the parking lot on Fowler Street, the parking lot at the end of Chambers Street, the parking lot behind the Woodstock Visitors’ Center on Wall Street and the parking lot on Elm Street near Reformation Brewery.
Usher said he felt it would be better to nail the ordinance down first before making such a decision, and the other council members agreed.