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Party Bike To Start Pedaling Dry

May 15, 2014, 10:10 PM by Angela Kennecke

Party Bike To Start Pedaling Dry

You may have seen one in Minneapolis or in other cities around the country--big bikes that can hold up to 16 people and have a bar in the middle. 

A trio of Sioux Falls men is bringing the PedalPub party bike to Sioux Falls, but there won't be any booze on this bike for now.

They're big in Minneapolis.  Now a PedalPub Party bike is coming to Sioux Falls. 

"Ours is on a boat right now on its way to the United States," Patrick Jones of Party Bike Sioux Falls said.

Patrick Jones is one of three business partners buying the $40,000 bike from the Netherlands.  It should be ready to roll through the streets of downtown Sioux Falls by June.  Party Bike Sioux Falls is even asking the public to help name it on its Facebook page.

"One of the ones that have been favored on Facebook is Sip & Cycle. So we'd call it Falls Sip & Cycle or just Sip & Cycle, “Jones said.

But there won't be any sipping beer on this bike, at least not right away. The owners must apply for a vehicle-for-hire license with the state; that would allow them to serve booze, unless the city decided otherwise. But these business owners aren't concerned. 

"If it does have to stay dry, we're going to be okay either way. It's going to be a fun time. If we need to stop at a bar, we'll stop at a bar. There's going to be plenty of things to do on the bike, other than drink," Brian Anderson of Party Bike Sioux Falls said.

"They have a party bike scavenger hunt, where you try to find a squirrel, find a couple holding hands, it’s like a bingo--party bike bingo is what they call it. So there are different events we have to provide to our individuals who reserve it or they can come up with their own plans," Jones said.

One so-called beer bike did tip over in Minneapolis and people were hurt.  Neighbors have complained about the noise.  But the owners of this bike say they have safety standards in place and won't be operating past 10 p.m. downtown.

Two hour party bike tours through downtown for 16 people will cost $275 on weekdays and $350 on weekends.

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