About those pedal pubs ...

About those pedal pubs ...

There's still time to submit questions for Tom's Mailbag, which publishes at 2 p.m. Submit them here

Here's a sample of what's to come:

"My question is about the so-called pedal pub that for some reason is allowed free rein downtown thanks to our city council members, many of whom don’t work downtown. In the last couple of weeks I was one of a block full of frustrated drivers behind it on one lane Church Street (on a weekday morning) and then again on a Friday night, making a left turn from Washington onto Neil Street, an already impossible task. Has the city not gotten complaints? I’m not sure what the rationale is behind for giving pedaling drinkers carte blanche but I think it’s time for the city council to think about actually saying no every once in a while rather than rubber-stamping every tax break and alcohol fueled business.”

We got a similar question last year and Mayor Deb Feinen said at that time that the city hadn’t received any formal criticism of the business.

Asked again this week, she replied, “We have not had any official complaints. I occasionally hear anecdotal complaints like the one you shared about slower traffic when talking to people. However for the most part people seem to enjoy riding and having it downtown as part of our vibrant and fun business district.”

She said there are no plans among council members to further regulate the business.

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rsp wrote on December 01, 2017 at 11:12 am

The key word there being formal. Unless people complain at the time with a specific complaint, things stay the same. If they are unfairly blocking the road and not sharing, it's an issue. If others are not wanting to share with them? That's a different problem. Routes can be changed but not if people don't speak up.

bb wrote on December 01, 2017 at 12:12 pm


I wonder what is considered a formal complaint.  Is an email to a city council member a formal complaint?


ROB McCOLLEY wrote on December 01, 2017 at 3:12 pm
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JRR wrote on December 01, 2017 at 6:12 pm

Griping to the local newspaper does not constitute a formal complaint.

Since the original questioner alleges a traffic nuisance, I would recommend that concerns be sent to the Champaign Police Department, though I also presume that these pedal pubs are operating within the traffic laws that govern motorized and non-motorized vehicles on public streets.