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December 30, 2013 - Karin Elton
Listed under the Associated Press’s list of new laws taking place in or after January is a law about “pedal pubs.”
“WISCONSIN: Towns and cities may legalize pedal pubs, multiple-person bicycles that ferry riders to and from taverns. A driver steers while multiple riders sit at a bar mounted behind him, each with his or her own pedal-and-chain assembly.”
Rickshaw-type bikes have been around for awhile, where the person steers and pedals people around, but this has the riders pedaling which leads me to wonder if all the riders will pull their weight — especially at the end of the evening after people have been visiting “taverns” all night.
A Google search shows all kinds of creatively named pedal pubs (“The Handle Bar”) with clever slogans to match: Chattanooga, Tenn., entrepreneurs have played off the tune “Chattanooga Choo Choo” by calling theirs “Chattanooga Brew Choo” — “Exercise your right to drink.” The Austin, Texas, company, “PubCrawler of Austin” also elicits musical associations with its logo, “Let the good times crawl.”
Other licensees go with alliterative appellations such as “The Buzz Bike” and “Pittsburgh Party Pedaler.” You can party on “Paradise Pedals” in Hawaii.
The “Pedal Hopper” out of Denver, Colo., is “the party you pedal!” You can ride the “Social Cycle” in San Diego, Calif.
Minnesota has two Pedal Pubs so far — one is in Rochester and one is in the Twin Cities — “It’s slow fun!”
It appears these bikes cater to the college crowd. Could Marshall be the next college town to employ eager pedalers going from the Varsity Pub to the Gambler? Of course six months out of the year they will have to keep to the plowed roads as they get plowed.
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