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Rochester city council gives PedalPub green light

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- You may do a double-take when you're in downtown Rochester in the coming months, after the City Council gave a green light to a private business called PedalPub.

PedalPub is popular in the Twin Cities, and is basically a moving bar with room for 16. Groups of 8 to 16 people rent the bikes for company outings, parties, weddings, and bar-to restaurant hoping. The PedalPubs are steered by an employee, and pedal-powered by the people on board.

Those over 21 that are helping to pedal will be allowed to drink beer or wine.

Several Rochester residents spoke out in opposition to the PedalPub at Monday's city council meeting, but the city council did approve the ordinance which will allow the vehicles to operate in the city.

City council members and mayor Ardell Brede pointed out that Pedal Pubs could be used for various reasons-- many that wouldn't involve drinking at all.

The council did pass a number of restrictions on the pedal pub vehicles, however: First, they will only be allowed in certain areas and passengers over 21 are restricted to consuming beer or wine; no hard liquor will be allowed.

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