The contraptions look like tables on wheels. With roofs. And bar stools. And pedals.

They're called everything from pedal crawlers to pedibuses to party bikes, but they're basically the same design — human-powered, multi-passenger vehicles. And they're coming to Chattanooga.

Two companies are launching pedal carriage businesses that will offer tours of Chattanooga's pubs and bars. As many as 15 customers per bike will have the chance to pedal their way through downtown and the Southside, guided through the streets by a trained — and sober — driver.

The two separate companies, Pints and Pedals and Chattanooga Brew Choo, plan to take to the streets this week, if each receives final approval and operating permits from the city's Transportation Board on Thursday. The city panel, which must issue an operating permit for each vehicle, will meet at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at City Hall.

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