Roving pedal bars get review in Minneapolis

  • Article by: ERIC ROPER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 28, 2013 - 8:42 PM

Minneapolis council member, residents say bars on wheels are unsafe and a nuisance to neighborhoods. New rules are proposed.

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jaynedrakeJan. 28, 1310:34 PM

Councilperson Goodman, and others, should get serious about crime in the downtown area instead of grousing about anything fun downtown. I would bet that she would gripe if a amusement park like at the Mall of America went up, because she would think that it encourages crime somehow, and then would accuse the police of persecuting the criminals.

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OzmodiusJan. 29, 13 4:52 AM

Finally!!!! Thank God somebody is going to finally put some restrictions on these things. There is nothing better than trying to get to work, having to take University Ave to get there, and having the misfortune of getting behind one of these things. Why they are allowed to travel on busy commuter streets like University Ave is beyond me. In addition, there is nothing like seeing a bunch of people(usually drunk before they get on the thing it appears to me)partaking their libations in the open,screaming at each other to be heard over the traffic noise and carousing drunkenly in public while pedaling a eye sore/traffic hazard on a fine Saturday afternoon!

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openconceptJan. 29, 1310:49 AM

I'm with you Ozmodius...I only hope St. Paul follows with more regulations. Some of the patrons on these things are completely obnoxious...nothing worse than hearing a bunch of drunk people screaming or attempting to sing and thinking they are funny or wonderful.

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BroonieJan. 29, 1311:05 AM

I want to know who's steering it. Can't tell from the picture...

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gutie050Jan. 29, 1311:09 AM

Ozmodius - I agree keep them off commuter streets during commuting hours but seriously its not like they are riding around on some rickety POS. They look better than 50% of the cars on the road Open Concept - Seriously listening to a few drunks singing for a few minutes while they go past you ruins your day? Seems to me Minneapolis could better spend time on some other issues...

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ollie3Jan. 29, 1311:15 AM

People still think these things are cool? They jumped the shark about 3 years ago. Pay to rent the pub, pay to bring your own alcohol, and drive to bars where you pay more for drinks there. Just wear a big sign that says "I'm desperate for attention and don't know anything about money management"

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regbob14Jan. 29, 1312:30 PM

Leave it to Minnesota, the state where nothing is allowed, to stop people from having fun or try to make an extra buck off of the people. As with anything there will always be someone that cannot control them self and ruin it for everyone else. I have done this a few times and it is a riot. The people that run it do a great job of telling you what the rules are and making sure you follow them. I am sorry if your life is so busy and planned out that if you get delayed for an extra minute while we are going down the street. People do not do it because we are "desperate for attention" we do it because it is fun and want to have fun with our friends, what a concept. I am sure the bars along the routes do not mind having a large group of people stop into their bar have a round of drinks,practice poor money management and have a little fun. But that is just me.

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mnmaggiemnJan. 29, 1312:42 PM

I think it looks like a blast. Ridiculous that people are making a fuss. If this is ruining your summers, you have something else going on and need something to blame your sappy attitude one. Let people have fun.

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ollie3Jan. 29, 1312:49 PM

"People do not do it because we are "desperate for attention" we do it because it is fun and want to have fun with our friends, what a concept."-----really, so if they made you use empty side streets or even designated trails, you wouldn't complain? You'd still get to pour out your wallet and pedal, you just wouldn't be in the middle of the street for everyone to see you. That would be just as much fun for you, right?

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regbob14Jan. 29, 13 1:10 PM

It sounds like some people just want to stop everyone from enjoying themselves. Yes, if they made us use designated trails or side streets it would still be fun.

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