Minneapolis cracks down on Pedal Pub shenanigans

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Keep it classy, pedal people.

Everyone's favorite traveling bar is facing tighter restrictions from the city of Minneapolis.

We're speaking, of course, of Pedal Pub, the 16-headed beast on wheels that courses through the city streets all spring and summer, fueled by beer and yelling and 32 woozy legs pedaling as hard as they can. After receiving numerous complaints about the mobile pubs in 2013, the Minneapolis City Council will soon vote on renewing the company's license -- and the council is taking this opportunity to tighten the reins.

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According to the city of Minneapolis's Licenses and Consumer Services department, citizens lodged 38 complaints against pedal pubs in 2013, most of which had to do with "the driver's inability to maintain proper control of the passengers at all times while piloting the vehicle."

Let's all take a moment to be thankful our jobs don't involve operating a vehicle while trying to get 16 sloppy bros to stay in their seats and not barf on traffic.

To address these complaints, the city is demanding a number of requirements be met before it will renew Pedal Pub Twin Cities' commercial license:

1) Pedal car pilots (yes, pilots) must be trained and in compliance with traffic regulations.
2) Pedal Pub will properly dispose of trash and any leftover beverages.
3) Pedal Pub will conduct monthly covert self-monitoring, keep records of observations, and make those records available to city licensing inspectors.
4) Pedal Pub will create an employee training program that addresses alcohol awareness, alcohol service control, patron behavior, and sound level control.
5) Pedal Pub will modify sound systems so that the volume can be lowered.

The new restrictions will go before a Minneapolis City Council committee today. So what do you think? Are these spoilsports ruining all the pedal pub fun? Or is the crackdown a welcome turn of events?

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Paul Serafini
Paul Serafini

It's a matter of time until some car wipes one if these things out and kills them all. This is the dumbest fad ever.

mohanlon3
mohanlon3

Are the Pedal Pubs annoying, yes, are they more or less annoying than the typical crowd of besotted sports fans, convention goers, rural hotel guests, coked up travelling business douches, etc... that already populate downtown, they only stand out because they are on a big beer wagon.  Sine I use mass transit, I don't find them delaying me.  I see plenty of drunk bros on Washington ave walking back to the U of M, in the morning, their backtrail looks like a feel good ad for epicac.  It's all dumb, why single out one eggroll of dumbness from an entire dumbass buffet?

sarahstanleyayre
sarahstanleyayre

hell is an eternity on one of these things just riding in an endless loop through calhoun square. no exit 2014

Anne Castro
Anne Castro

The pedal pub sucks. Does anyone within Minneapolis or St. Paul use the damn things? Seems like it's just the suburbanites. The more crackdowns the better. But really, I just want to see them off the main thoroughfares during rush hour. I mean WTF are they doing on Hennepin at 5:15 p.m? Or Marshall Ave? And since the riders can't go into bars to drink - only get water or use the bathroom - it's not like the pubs contribute to local economies. Oh and why should bars with paying patrons allow the passengers to use their bathrooms. I hope the pedal pub owners are at least paying the bar owners.

Eric Motzko
Eric Motzko

Man... Lighten up everyone! Geez. Everyone's acting like Pedal Pub punched their baby.

Shelby Voeltz
Shelby Voeltz

I worked for years above the 331, and I can tell you that you can hear the incessant "wooing" from blocks away. It made it difficult for me to do my job as a massage therapist. Also, since they are allowed to drink on what is essentially a land pontoon, they typically don't spend much at the bars they do go to. Plus, they often show up and expect special treatment, budging in line, sometimes not even paying and/or tipping for their drinks. While I'm sure it's fun for those actually on the Pedal Pub, they seem to be immune to the misery they cause for all the other bar patrons and dwellers of the neighborhoods the Pedal Pubs frequent.

Laura Murphy
Laura Murphy

Seems like good, common-sense rules they're implementing.

Roger Her
Roger Her

I got soo drunk. .I hurled at Washington n Hennepin

Stefanie Long
Stefanie Long

Out here in Flagstaff the pedal pubs are not allowed to have alcohol on them. Not sure if that makes a huge difference in the level of douche-baggery, but people definitely don't seem to get as drunk, and they patronize the local bars. I'm honestly very surprised that the city allows alcohol on those things. I've done the pedal pub twice in Minneapolis and enjoyed myself both times, but I can see how they could be a huge nuisance. Perhaps they should make each patron pay a deposit of $100 before getting on, and if the hoot and holler excessively, they don't get their money back. I don't know.

Keith Morris
Keith Morris

The one, probably only, good thing about pedal pubs is that they calm traffic.

Keith Morris
Keith Morris

How about suburbanites like him stop trying to look like they live in Whittier or Lyn-Lake with all their tattoos and just wear their polos and khakis? When we see them climbing into their Hummer or minivan all the tattoo sleeves in the world can't undo what we just saw anyway. Or when they open their mouth and nonsensical garbage like this comes out. Stay in the burbs if you can't handle people riding bikes/making intelligent, conscientious decisions and you can think you're all cool and counter-culture sitting at the bar at your local Chili's making old suburbanites feel uncomfortable.

Rick White
Rick White

I always see then DT during rush hour... limit them to uptown and there would be less issues.

Aubrey Nielsen
Aubrey Nielsen

If the riders hadn't acted like a bunch of douchebags there wouldn't be an issue in the first place. Too many of them were disrespectful and pissed on people's lawns, the rules were overdue.

Zack Norton
Zack Norton

Down with the Pedal Pub! It is a Horrible idea. Clogs traffic and is a parade to idiotic public drunken-ness.

mne28m5
mne28m5

I think the experience is over rated. Done it twice, don't need to do again. As far as regulations from the city? Big surprise on that.....NOT

Hannah Wallace
Hannah Wallace

Douchecanoe. Bahaha I've never read a more accurate description!

Aaron Caswell
Aaron Caswell

ban the stupid things... or at least confine them to the MOA like all the other stupid sheep activities

Eric Arcilla
Eric Arcilla

"Are spoilsports ruining all the pedal pub fun? Or is the crackdown a welcome turn of events?" Oh City Pages, you already know the answer . The answer is, RACISM!

Nimo Thehooligan OfSlipmats
Nimo Thehooligan OfSlipmats

Huzzah! I don't think they go far enough with the new rules though. Seriously. I've seen people fall off of them in traffic. At least make backrests mandatory. You can get ticketed for driving or biking drunkb (granted, those drinking aren't driving the damn things). You can can get ticketed for being drunk in public. You can get ticketed for being loud and disorderly... But they said "FUCK IT!" and put all of those things together into one slow, hulking, douchecanoe of an eyesore that we parade through traffic and neighborhoods.

Lynda Lerum
Lynda Lerum

Why aren't there back supports on these. Or a support bar, in some loses thrir balance.

Nicki Brown
Nicki Brown

Why not just keep the drunks in the bars instead of on the roads.....we as a state totally encourage this horrible behavior... whats the difference between this and public drunkenness? How bout we legalize weed and people would not feel the need to act like idiots, they'd be home on their couches with the munchies. Pedal pubs just give people the idea that everyone wants to see them behave badly....

Lowell Huesers
Lowell Huesers

What do I love about peddle pubs? They have peddles and they get in the way of cars! Awesome!

Katie Berger Tremaine
Katie Berger Tremaine

Many cyclists have survived attempted vehicular homicide by people with attitudes just like yours.

Eric Shawn Smith
Eric Shawn Smith

You said it all right there. Most people in Downtown Minneapolis need to slow down, not worry so much about being cool and chill the fuck out.

Eric Shawn Smith
Eric Shawn Smith

Still not as annoying as bicyclists who think they are entitled to the entire side of the road.

Sarah Katherine Scott
Sarah Katherine Scott

Ugh get over it-- they're in your way or loud for a short period of time then they are furiously pedaling away. It's not like they sit stationary. Buncha prudish ass people. We live in Minneapolis, not Eden Prairie. If you want quiet move to the disgusting suburbs with all the other people with sticks up their asses-- you'll be much happier there.

anonymous
anonymous

Riders can go into bars if they choose. You just can't take any open alcohol off of the pub- but you can (and most do) stop at bars and pubs along the way!

CityPages69
CityPages69

One can only hope this was meant to be satire.

eddogg67
eddogg67

No they're not. The street is for automobiles. But I guess id be a snarky bitter loser if I couldn't afford a car.

nordeastbrewer77
nordeastbrewer77

@eddogg67 You should brush up on your traffic laws and quit being such an ignoramus… though I guess that's to be expected from someone who bases their self worth on whether or not they own a car. 

JamesRussels
JamesRussels

@eddogg67 I'm surprised they let you drive if you're so unfamiliar with the traffic laws. Not only does the law provide cyclists with the right to use the roads, In many cases, bicycles aren't even allowed to ride on the sidewalk. Maybe you should look it up before making such a fool of yourself. 

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