Mpls. to Vote on New Conditions for Pedal Pubs

Updated: 07/20/2014 3:31 PM
Created: 07/19/2014 4:26 PM
By: Stephen Tellier

The city of Minneapolis is about to crack down on pedal pubs once again, after more than three dozen complaints about the bars-on-wheels last year. But the company says they're already taking the steps to improve behavior and safety.

They're eye-catching, and, occasionally, ear-catching. They also caught the attention of a bachelor party.

"The friends, the beer, the atmosphere," said Jarred Nygaard, a soon-to-be former bachelor. "It's a good time, good memories."

Nygaard and a dozen friends were rolling through northeast Minneapolis on Saturday, saturated, but relatively sedate.

"We had rules before we started and they're really strict on enforcing them," Nygaard said.

Strict or not, Minneapolis still received 38 complaints about pedal pubs last year.

Officials have recommended new conditions be placed on PedalPub TwinCities' license. Some of the new conditions would include ensuring drivers adhere to city ordinances, training them on alcohol awareness and patron behavior, modifying sound systems so volume can be lowered, and requiring PedalPub to conduct monthly "covert, self-monitoring observations" of their own tours.

PedalPub tells FIVE EYEWITNESS NEWS they're already doing all of the above. The company says it is not aware of a single complaint against them so far this year.

"I know how to keep them under control," said Alex Wheeler, a pedal pub driver who's been behind the wheel of the bar-on-wheels for three summers.

"I go through a whole list of rules at the beginning of the ride before we even get the wheels moving," Wheeler said. "I ask if everyone knows the renter, and I explain to them that I don't know the renter, but that I do know their credit card number."

Those who break the rules are hit with a $300 fine, per infraction. That's enough to keep a bachelor party under control.

Minneapolis started formally regulating pedal pubs last year. Each pedal pub must have a licensed commercial driver, who is sober, each pedal pub also has to get inspected annually.

The new license conditions will be up for a vote at a Minneapolis city council committee meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

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