Bill allowing beer bikes advances in California Legislature

May 18, 2015 8:14 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers have advanced a bill that would allow so-called beer bikes to operate on streets, but leaves cities to decide if alcohol is allowed on board.

The Senate on Monday unanimously passed the bill by Sen. Richard Pan, a Sacramento Democrat. SB530 would create a vehicle safety standard for a growing new crop of bike buses that allow up to 15 people to pedal at slow speeds.

Beer bikes have been popping up in Sacramento and San Diego as a riding tour, often with stops at bars and restaurants.

Pan says current state law does not include a definition for this type of vehicle, creating legal uncertainties.

The legislation would let local governments decide if alcohol can be served on board.

The bill advances to the Assembly.

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