Bike-Powered Pub Crawl Company Fights Rejection By City

CHICAGO (CBS) — The owners of a company that operates pedal-powered pub crawls is fighting a decision by Chicago’s City Hall to deny it a permit.

Its called PedalPub.

Sort of a bar on wheels. There are 16-seats facing inward. Eight on each side.

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Everybody pedals. And there’s a driver who sits behind a keg.

“It seems a shame that if you want to see the city you have to so it on a tank of gas.”

Matt Graham, of PedalPub Chicago says City Hall denied a permit because it sees the PedalPub as a sightseeing operation.

“Which we’re not. We can never be because we don’t operate a motorized vehicle.”

They want to use the PedalPub to do pub crawls.

“We just want to be able to pedal from bar to bar and have a good time.”

It started in Minneapolis.

A Google search turned up the Facebook group, “I Hate the PedalPub.”

Members seem to hate the noise of 16 people who might be a little drunk… pedaling down the street.

“Its just part of the business, you know. Alcohol tends to create a little noise.”

  • Tonette Smith

    Chicago wants to be a “green” city – and so they deny a business permit because the bicycles are not motor powered… That’s ridiculous! Welcome to Chicago and it’s bass ackwards “politics”…

    • Pothead

      Great move by the city. 16 drunks on one bike is an accident looking to happen.
      We don’t need more frivolous lawsuits. Every time a car bumps a bus 32 people go to the hospital in this city.

  • Gregory Lewis

    PREDICTION: Within 24 months one of the mayors or ex mayors cronies will have a similar business up and running

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