After struggling with a recommendation from town staff to change the route for the Pedal Pub operation, councillors could not accept it as a safe option.
The route staff recommended gets the pub off Mississagua Street, but not off Queen Street, where it visits local businesses.
Councillors’ request to staff was intended to look at whether the Pedal Pub could travel safely to local wineries, and avoid both Queen and Mississagua Streets.
The staff recommendation was for the Pedal Pub to leave its Mary Street location, head to King Street to Market Street, using the Court House parking lot for passengers to disembark and visit Forno’s Restaurant and the Exchange Brewery on Queen Street.
Some councillors voted for the recommendation, saying town staff had done the job they were asked to do, which was to find a safer route.
Coun. Clare Cameron agreed with the recommendation, saying the operation hasn’t had any safety issues, “and they deserve an answer from us,” rather than a referral back to staff to look at other locations.
Coun. Erwin Wiens also supported Town staff, saying they did what they were asked to do, and objected to a deferral to send them back to the business owners and ask them to rework their business model.
Lord Mayor Betty Disero voted against it — she was hoping the Pedal Pub owners could be persuaded to visit local wineries and stay off the main roads. But the business representatives told town staff their business model doesn’t allow for that — the distance to travel is too far.
When the recommendation was defeated, with no alternative offered, Disero said, “therein lies the dilemma. Now it’s a bit of a free-for-all, with no routes approved.”
Defeating the recommendation, explained CAO Marnie Cluckie, means the operation can continue on the routes it uses now.