Pedlet has arrived in downtown Great Falls

The pedlet has arrived at Mighty Mo Brewing Company in downtown Great Falls and is now available for outdoor dining and drinking.

The pedlet as installed Friday morning and by noon was filling up for the lunch rush and pedestrians were passing through with ease.

Pedlets are wooden structures that act as a sidewalk extension beyond the existing curb line. They’re not meant for dining but only for pedestrian use, freeing up the sidewalk for outdoor dining. At Mighty Mo, the pedlet extends into a single parking space.

According to the BID, the pedlet reflects the “city’s commitment to encouraging walking and biking, creating great streets and strengthening our communities.”

The pedlet is allowed within the BID boundary and will be used from May through September or October, depending on the weather. It’s designed for easy removal and will be stored by the BID when not in use. The design allows the pedlet to be moved to different businesses next year or the idea could be replicated.

West Allis, Wisconsin was the first city in the U.S. to create pedlets and Great Falls is the second official city to implement the program, though Billings also has a version of a pedlet.

The BID worked in partnership with the City of Great Falls, and Max Grebe, of L’Heureux Page Werner in design of the pedlet, which was constructed and installed by Detailed Construction. The project was funded by Montana Main Street grant funds, NeighborWorks Great Falls and the Great Falls Business Improvement District.