Over the last year, Off the Chain Bike Bus Tours has ferried party goers between local bars and breweries. One thing that's been missing from these vehicles is the ability to serve alcohol on the multi-person bikes.
Dr. Richard Pan, a state senator from Sacramento, wants to fix that.
He has introduced SB 530, which would:
"Regulate the operation of quadricycles. The bill would define a quadricycle, in part, as being pedal-powered and seating no more than 15 passengers. The bill would provide that a person operating a quadricycle on the highway has all the rights and is subject to all the provisions applicable to the driver of a vehicle, including a prohibition against operating a quadricycle while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage or any drug. The bill would authorize consumption of alcoholic beverages by passengers on a quadricycle, as specified, if the local jurisdiction has authorized that consumption by ordinance or resolution."
Translated into plain English, if SB 530 passes and is signed into law, local governments will be able to authorize passengers (but not the driver) of the "bike buses" to drink.
I fully endorse the goals of this law and hope the legislature passes it quickly. I'll keep you updated on its progress as it makes its way through the legislature.
* Updated on Monday morning to remove references to other multiple person bikes besides OTC.
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