MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Ten people were injured and two people were hospitalized after the pedal pub they were riding tipped over in Minneapolis on Thursday, authorities said.
The pedal pub, which is a mobile bar that navigates city streets powered by the cycling moves of its riders, was going down a hill while heading east on South First Street.
The crash happened around 2:14 p.m.
The pub was going too fast, authorities said, when it tried to make a turn to the right to go up Fifth Avenue.
The pub tipped over, spilling its riders onto the street. Authorities said 10 people received scrapes and two were taken, via ambulance, to Hennepin County Medical Center, where they are being treated for possible internal injuries. Three others were treated for minor injuries.
The Minneapolis Police Department said alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash.
Pedal pubs have become more and more ubiquitous around the Twin Cities, and in some cases have proven controversial among some residents. Five years ago, the Pedal Pub Company started with just one bike. Now, there are a dozen across the metro.
For months, a Facebook page has been taking complaints about the pubs. The company says it’s been trying to meet with those who oppose their business to get a better idea of what else to do.
A Minneapolis ordinance pertaining to beer bikes went into effect in May. They’re only allowed to operate until 10 p.m. seven days a week.