Cycling and swilling: Pedal pubs to have insurance?

By , Posted on 17 January 2013

Pedal pubs in Minneapolis – bars on wheels powered by pedaling beer drinkers – may soon be required to carry $2 million in insurance, according to a report in the Star Tribune.

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The bicycles built for brew involve having five or more patrons seated around a table on wheels provide pedal power to move the vehicle. Those who operate these mobile imbibing operations may soon be regulated by the city, which is to say they'll have to pay licensing fees and carry insurance.

In addition to licensing fees and insurance, city officials are also proposing that the tours keep any roving rowdies under control -- no loud music or yelling.

Personally, when I'm drinking beer I like to be sedentary, preferably on a bar stool, banquette or a beach. But if you made a resolution to start exercising or find your fitness plan on the skids, and live near Minneapolis, this could be a way to kick it into high gear.

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Des Toups is a writer, editor and expert on insurance, cars and personal finance. He has written extensively about all three for national publications such as MSN and major newspapers such as the Seattle Times. He has been quoted about insurance issues in The New York Times, USA Today and Kiplinger's.


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