Pedal-powered pubs face new regulations after City-County Council passes ordinance

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Pedal-powered pubs in Indianapolis will soon be under new regulations.

The City-County Council passed a measure Monday night that includes the pubs in the city’s pedal cab ordinance. The proposal passed in a 20-2 vote.

The measure was introduced in September. It requires businesses to get licenses that would be renewed on an annual basis. The businesses would also have to have liability insurance.

4 Fast Facts

  • City-County Council adds pedal-powered pubs to pedal cab ordinance
  • Change requires businesses to renew licenses annually and have liability insurance
  • Measure includes amendment that scraps some clothing requirements
  • Supporters say measure gives city more protection and holds businesses accountable

The city’s original pedal cab ordinance included only vehicles with a maximum of three passengers when it passed in 2000, but some of the pedal-powered pubs have 16 riders.

Councilor Jeff Miller, one of the authors of the new proposal, told our newsgathering partners at the IndyStar that the new rules give the city more protection and hold businesses more accountable.

“By doing a license, now on an annual basis, there’s a chance for discussion,” Miller said. “There may not need to be.”

The measure also includes a last-minute amendment that scraps clothing requirements for operators of pedal pubs and pedal cabs. The original pedal cab law didn’t allow operators to wear denim or sandals.

Miller called the rule “archaic” and “silly.”

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