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Minneapolis officials plan to regulate pedal pubs

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Minneapolis officials plan to hold hearings this month on so-called "pedal pubs."

Pedal pubs are the bars on wheels that are driven down the street, powered by pedaling beer drinkers.

The state prohibits having open alcohol contained in vehicles; however, state lawmakers exempted pedal pubs in which five or more passengers provide pedal power four years ago.

Now, the city is proposing a number of regulations, some of which include:

  • Ending the tours by 10 p.m.
  • Enacting license fees of $98 per vehicle and $59 per driver
  • Outlawing hard liquor sales
  • Requiring owners to carry $2 million in insurance.

A Minneapolis Star Tribune report explains riders would also have to keep the noise down -- which means no music, yelling or loud conversations.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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