Amsterdam's 'Beer Bikes' Drive Into Trouble

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2009 3:11 PM CDT
Amsterdam's 'Beer Bikes' Drive Into Trouble
An Amsterdam beer bike.   (

(Newser) – “Beer bikes”—party vehicles that combine two of Amsterdam's favorite things—are under scrutiny after two recent accidents involving the gizmos, Reuters reports. Each large conveyance seats 10 peddlers at a central bar while a non-drinker steers. “This beer bike is completely legal,” said a transport official who is nonetheless “not very enthusiastic about this idea of people drinking while being amongst traffic.”

One company that operates beer bikes says it always provides a driver. “We have a very beautiful route and people simply enjoy it,” the owner said. “But some people ruin it for others.” The city isn't openly weighing a ban, but it may require all operators to provide drivers. A motorist involved in a beer bike accident called the vehicle an “uncontrolled projectile.” (Read more beer bike stories.)

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