Dutch capital says goodbye to beer bikes with ban
In this photo provided by the California Governor's Press Office, California Gov. Jerry Brown signs a bill allowing beer bikes to operate on city streets as his wife Anne Gust Brown, left, looks on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Sacramento, Calif. Brown signed the bill before going on a ride with his wife and Sen. Richard Pan, a Sacramento Democrat who crafted the bill to create a vehicle safety standard for bike buses that allow up to 15 people to pedal at once. (California Governor's Press Office via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, November 1, 2017 3:43PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, November 1, 2017 4:00PM EDT
AMSTERDAM -- A ban on group-powered pedicabs that are popular with inebriated tourists and stag parties has taken effect in the busiest sections of downtown Amsterdam.
The ban on so-called "beer bikes" kicked in Wednesday, a day after a court rejected arguments from four operators that the prohibition promoted by the Dutch capital was too drastic. The Amsterdam city government says the contraptions are a public nuisance.
The pedal-powered vehicles resemble small trailers more than bicycles and are configured to work as bars on wheels. Passengers sit around a table on stools fitted with pedals and trundle around the city while they are served beer and other drinks.
Beer bikes have long angered Amsterdam residents, who complain they block roads and cycling paths and encourage drunk and rowdy tourists.