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November 6, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Sad news has arrived for anyone wishing to join a group of drunk and stoned people pedalling a communal bike fitted with a beer keg through the heart of a Dutch city.

Alas, you’re too late.

After years of complaints from local residents, Amsterdam has banned “beer bikes” from the streets.

Here’s a brief reminder of how they look and operate:

If that looks like fun, it is! Not so much for the locals, however, who say beer bikes sometimes trundle past with the riders drunk, shouting and urinating, sometimes all at once.

Following years of complaints, a court has agreed the 12-seat pedal-powered mobile bars block traffic and disrupt public order. They have been banned from the inner city from now on.

“The ban is justified because of the combination of traffic congestion, disorderly behaviour and crowded city centre,” the court said.

Beer bikes had become a popular means of transport for partying tourists to travel around the city, ABC News reported. Large amounts of beer could be drunk at a central bar table, while pedalling around and avoiding ending up in a canal.

Last year, 6000 locals signed a petition calling for the “terrible phenomenon” to be banned. Four beer bike operators fought back valiantly, arguing the proposed ban was “imposing on people’s freedom”.

The court has not seen it their way.

Here’s a sample of social media and website comments on the ban:

  • “A beer bike!! I only find out now and they’re getting rid of them? Nooooo!!!”
  • “Ha ha ha. We hired one of these on my stag do… It was an absolute riot!”
  • “It’s a city of bikes and bike riders. Maybe its the cars causing the congestions…?”
  • “Will they be replaced with pot-bikes next? at least the riders will be more subdued and quieter.”
  • “I wonder if they will give them away. I’m prepared to pay the shipping cost for one. Who else wants in?”
  • “The only bikes we hated in our delightful 3 month Amsterdam stay. Idiot drunks which reminded us of back home in Sydney.”

Written by Peter Needham

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