UPDATE: Gov. Walker signs pedal pubs bill

UPDATED Friday, December 13, 2013 --- 5:52 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that legalizes drinking on pedal pubs.

Pedal pubs are multiple-person bicycles companies use to 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. Riders pump away toward the next watering hole, hoisting cold ones along the way.

The bill allows drinking on pedal pubs unless a municipality adopts ordinances negating the exception.

The governor signed the bill on Friday.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, November 12, 2013 --- 2:40 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Pedal pubs could ride on legally in Wisconsin under a bill that's cleared the state Legislature.

Pedal pubs are multiple-person bicycles companies use to 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. Riders pump away toward the next watering hole, hoisting cold ones along the way.

The bill would allow drinking on pedal pubs unless a municipality adopts ordinances negating the exception.

The Assembly last month passed the bill and the Senate unanimously passed it Tuesday.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, November 12, 2013 --- 5:35 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Pedal pubs could ride on legally in Wisconsin under a bill headed toward passage in the state Legislature.

Pedal pubs are multiple-person bicycles companies use to 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. Riders pump away toward the next watering hole, hoisting cold ones along the way.

The bill would allow drinking on pedal pubs unless a municipality adopts ordinances negating the exception.

The Assembly last month passed the bill and the Senate plans to take it up Tuesday.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, October 8, 2013 --- 6:50 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Assembly has passed a bill that would legalize so-called pedal pubs.

Milwaukee city officials contend drinking on the rolling bars violates a state law prohibiting drinking in vehicles. Rep. Jeff Stone, a Greendale Republican, authored a bill that would have allowed municipalities to allow drinking on pedal pubs. The Assembly small business committee offered a substitute bill that would allow drinking on pedal pubs unless a municipality adopts ordinances negating the exception.

The Assembly passed the substitute bill on a voice vote Tuesday evening. The measure goes next to the state Senate.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted: Friday, April 5, 2013 -- 12:21 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Republican lawmaker is circulating a bill that would allow Wisconsin municipalities to decide whether people can legally drink as they ride so-called pedal pubs from bar to bar.

Pedal pubs, multiple-person bicycles that ferry riders to and from taverns, have been springing up all over the country in recent years. A Milwaukee pedal pub company called Pedal Tavern ran afoul of the city council's public safety committee last year for allowing riders to drink as they rolled from tavern to tavern. The committee warned the business state law prohibits drinking alcohol in vehicles.

Under Rep. Jeff Stone's bill, municipalities could permit pedal pub riders to drink. The measure would require pedal pub navigators to keep their blood alcohol content at .02 percent or lower, though.

Copyright Associated Press 2013


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