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Governor signs Sen. Schmidt’s bill allowing cycle pubs in Michigan

Sen. Wayne Schmidt

Sen. Wayne Schmidt

LANSING, Mich. — Legislation to expand the use of cycle pubs in the state of Michigan was recently signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.

“Expanding the use of cycle pubs is just another way for people to enjoy Pure Michigan,” said Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City. “Cycle pubs are fun, safe and becoming increasingly popular throughout our state, helping boost our economy and promoting tourism.”

Cycle pubs, also known as commercial quadricycles, are used for various social gatherings and activities, carrying patrons from establishment to establishment. Senate Bills 165 and 166, now Public Acts 126 and 127 of 2015, allow patrons to bring their own beer or wine on cycle pubs with them, as long as the business carries liability insurance. Previously, passengers were prohibited from possessing or consuming alcoholic beverages on cycle pubs.

Alcohol will still not be allowed to be sold or purchased on board a cycle pub, and there is a zero tolerance policy for the driver (often called the pilot), meaning that person absolutely would not be allowed to possess or consume alcohol or operate the vehicle while intoxicated.

Local governments have authority to pass ordinances to prohibit cycle pubs from operating on certain roads, and cycle pubs are not allowed on roads maintained by the Department of Transportation — any roads labeled “I,” “U.S.” or “M.”

“These new laws will allow us to expand our business and offer an experience that riders are getting in many other states, which is allowing riders to drink beer or wine at their leisure while pedaling from brewery to brewery,” said Kevin Farron, owner of the TC Cycle Pub. “The net consumption during our two-hour tours will likely decrease as patrons are not rushed to drink while at establishments and can no longer drink liquor — just beer and wine. This will allow us to see more of Traverse City and its breweries — something our customer base of visiting tourists will greatly appreciate.”

For more detailed information about the legislation, visit the Michigan Legislature website.