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City To Mull ‘Alcohol’ On Bike Bus

Here's the 14-seat bicycle bus belonging to Mark Brown of Socially Geared. (Coeur d'Alene Today photo: Keith Erickson)

The owner of a 14-seat bicycle bus is asking the city for permission to allow beer and wine during bike tours he does in the city. Mark Brown of Socially Geared approached a City Council subcommittee on Monday with a request to amend an ordinance regulating open containers of alcohol. The General Services Committee sent the request to the full council, which may consider the amendment or even more comprehensive changes to the open container ordinance. Councilman Steve Adams, a member of the committee, questioned whether an open container ordinance is even necessary. “I think it might be time to repeal it,” he said of the open container law. In his two-plus years on the council, the city has become more lenient regarding alcohol consumption. With a permit, it is now legal to consume alcohol in designated areas at Riverstone Park, City Park and McEuen Park. Alcohol is also permitted at the city-operated Jewett House/Keith Erickson, Coeur d'Alene Today. More here.

Question: Do you believe, as Councilman Steve Adams does, that the city of Coeur d'Alene should repeal its open container ordinance?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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