'Bicycle truck' is out

Greg Teresi has withdrawn a request to operate a ‘brew-cycle” vehicle in the village of Lake George that would take people on a tour of different restaurants. Village officials were against the idea, citing traffic safety and liability concerns.

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LAKE GEORGE — It is the end of the line for efforts to bring a “brew-cycle” tour to Lake George.

The proprietor of the business withdrew his proposal after hearing concerns from village officials about traffic safety and liability.

Lawyer Greg Teresi and business partner Anthony Ali, who launched the Tiki Tours boat rides last summer on the lake, wanted to bring in a 16-passenger pedal vehicle for tours of bars and restaurants in the village.

Riders sit across from each other, using their feet to turn pedals connected to the main shaft, which turns the wheels. A driver at the back steers the vehicle.

Mayor Robert Blais said feedback to the proposal Teresi had presented was negative.

“I had indicated that we had received several calls from mostly residents, not business people, and they were almost totally against such an operation in the village, mostly because of safety reasons and traffic concerns,” Blais said.

Teresi said he had been optimistic after his first meeting before village board members in October, but they said at the November meeting they thought it wasn’t the right fit for Lake George.

“I was hoping that they would see that it’s adding another activity for vacationers, adding another reason to try to bring people to the village,” he said.

People have a lot of misconceptions about the business, Teresi said. It’s not a bike rolling down the street, carrying drunken people, he said.

Teresi had offered to bring the bike up for a week as a trial run.

“It wasn’t something they were willing to take a risk on,” he said.

Teresi has the vehicles in Troy, Schenectady and Hudson. He said he is focusing on New Orleans for future expansion. He said people have also spoken to him about bringing the business to Glens Falls, especially with the breweries that are in the area.

“With everything going on in Glens Falls — all the development — I think it would really do well. I want to talk to the police chief. I want to talk to the mayor. I want to talk to the business owners before we make a formal proposal,” he said.

Blais said the trustees were concerned about adding to the heavy traffic that the village experiences in the evening. The tours were going to operate from noon to 11 p.m. and Blais estimated the bicycle could be stuck in traffic for a half-hour during busy nights such as the Thursday fireworks display.

Teresi’s route would have started at the Adirondack Brew Pub then travel onto Dieskau Street, which runs parallel to Canada Street. It would have briefly crossed over Canada when heading to Ottawa Street. The tour would have stopped at Moose Tooth Grill or the Courtyard Marriot, then gone south on Ottawa Street to Backstreet BBQ & Tap Room before ending up back at the start.

Blais suggested alternate routes, such as starting away from Canada Street and outside the village.

Board members were concerned about the interaction between pedestrians and people on the bicycle. Board members and village officials such as Code Enforcement Officer Doug Frost were concerned about intoxicated passengers.

“He was mostly concerned about the safety and liability and did not feel it was conducive to the family atmosphere,” Blais said.

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Reporter for The Post-Star, covering the city of Glens Falls, town and village of Lake George and northern Warren County communities.

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