Sacramento already has a reputation as a bike-friendly destination. That reputation is about to move up even further as the City Council recently voted in favor of a measure allowing multi-passenger brew bikes on its roadways.
Pedal faster and pass that brew! Just what is a brew bike?
They go by many names: brew bike, pedal crawler, pedal pub and party bike are just a few. Regardless of the name you choose, these brew bikes are gaining in popularity throughout the country.
Bicycles buses are designed to fit approximately a dozen riders around a bar shaped like a large "U" and often resemble an old school trolley car. Six bicycle seats, most with pedals, are located on each side. A separate seat is located in the front provides braking and steering capabilities.
The contraptions often have a larger seat in back, for those who are not pedaling, and an area in the center of the "U" for another individual to serve as a bartender.
Prepare for the ride. What did the ordinance allow?
The ordinance passed by Sacramento's City Council has some specific terms. One of which is the fact that riders must provide their own alcohol in sealed containers. Businesses that operate brew bikes in the city are not allowed to have a bartender that is actually selling alcohol while riders ride.
Hit the brakes! What about accidents?
Like any bike, pedal pubs can be involved in accidents. Many businesses that provide pedal pub rentals require users to sign a waiver before using the bike. It is wise to carefully review these waivers to make sure there are no concerning provisions. Typical provisions include acknowledging that accidents can occur and agreeing to allow for medical treatment if needed.
Accidents involving other vehicles can happen. If such an accident is the result of another driver's negligent or reckless behavior, compensation may be available through a personal injury suit. This compensation can help cover the costs associated with the accident.