Unique Bike-In-Coffee seeks support

Posted at: 07/14/2013 10:37 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4 and KOB.com Staff

Imagine a business that has no parking, needs little overhead and does good things for the environment.

Sounds like a no-brainer right?

KOB Eyewitness News 4 talked to a business that shows us it is not so simple.

Located at Old Town Farm, it looks like your average coffee shop, but Bike-In-Coffee is a cyclist only zone.

“Because we live on a small street and don’t want to burden others with traffic,” says owner Lanny Tonning.

That means if you want coffee here you need to pedal.

“Take in the scenery, take in the beautiful blue sky, the beautiful weather and have something to eat and drink,” says customer Dale Alverson

Cyclists can get here from the street, but owners who want the concept to catch on and other aspiring entrepreneurs are pushing for “Bike-In-Zoning.”

It would let businesses open access points along trails.

“Wouldn’t require any funding, the bicycle trails are already there, it just seemed like a good idea,” says Tonning.

Right now, zoning laws say no, and there is opposition from some who say it would ruin the Bosque.

“I think people are confusing what we're trying to do, which is on private property, with anything like that, “says Tonning.

So, despite the demand for businesses like this one, it will be awhile before the concept can begin to catch on.

“You wanna exercise right, but on the other hand this is a place to go, you have a nice destination,” says Alverson.

The city does have a Bike-In-Zoning task force.

They need more people to weigh in if they support the idea and to give input on how to make sure it does not disturb nature or neighborhoods.