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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Operators of Las Vegas pedal-bus tours that allow visitors to bike between bars could expand their business if a proposed city ordinance becomes law.
The City Council will weigh proposed business licensing regulations for pedal buses and pedicabs in the coming weeks, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported (http://bit.ly/2bsqVPE ). Tours are currently considered special events by the city.
Proprietors such as Russell Davis, who runs Vegas Pub Crawler pedal bus, say they would feel more confident about investing in their business if the proposed regulations passed.
A Vegas Pub Crawler tour allows up to 15 or 20 people, guided by a driver, to pedal to different downtown watering holes.
The proposal would also increase the potential for pedicab companies to operate in the city.
Some of these companies have expressed interest in opening in Las Vegas and are waiting for the code to change, city planning director Tom Perrigo said.
He said the ordinance originally covered horse-drawn carriages, but they will be eliminated from it.
Las Vegas Valley Humane Society President Karen Layne sent a letter to city officials citing concerns like the desert heat and safety for horses and people. "This bill perpetuates a business, and expands the hours of operation of a business, that, so far as this organization is aware, does not even exist in the city of Las Vegas," the letter said.
Layne said that there are no licensed horse-drawn carriage operators, and this is the time to get that provision out of city code.
"In this climate it's ridiculous," she said. "I truly do believe you're just asking for problems."
Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com
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