Ordinance change would allow pedal bus riders to drink alcohol

It's a bar on wheels and is popular with pub crawls. And if you've ever been to downtown Scottsdale you've seen them transporting partiers everywhere.

They're called pedal buses -- essentially a large party bike. Currently you cannot enjoy any drinks while pedaling through the streets of Scottsdale, but that could soon change.

The law on pedal buses is "grey" because it neither allows or prohibits it. That is why the owners of the "Tour de Tavern" pedal bus are proposing a new city ordinance. It would allow riders to bring their own wine and beer onboard and drink it between stopping at bars.

"It's all pedal powered, we do have a designated driver who does the steering and braking," said Brendan Holve, co-owner of the tour.

Along with drinks at each bar the tourists could be drinking their own beer and wine on board thanks to a newly proposed city ordinance. Holly Walter said the ordinance would align Scottsdale's law with the state law, classifying the pedal bus as a limousine.

"It would be operated similar to a regular limousine, drink beer or wine, while on the bus," said Holly Walter with the City of Scottsdale.

"If anything it's going to slow that speed of consumption, (people) won't be feeling rushed, they'll finish their drink before they leave," said Holve.

Holve said those who oppose the ordinance often do not understand what a pedal bus is. He hopes the change in language will bring clarity along with a safe and fun experience for all.

"We don't want riders on our bike that are a danger to themselves, or anyone else on the streets," he said.

The City of Scottsdale Council will vote on the ordinance on May 5, the Cinco de Mayo holiday. If it passes, riders will still have to leave their bar drinks at the bar. They won't be able to bring them back onto the pedal bus. 
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