Bills to allow beer on pedal-powered trolleys go to Snyder

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Legislation that would allow passengers to drink beer or wine aboard pedal-powered trolleys is getting mixed reviews from people who operate them.

Lawmakers sent bills to Gov. Rick Snyder that would make drinks an option on so-called quadricycles. They’re popular in Grand Rapids, Traverse City and Marquette, especially as a way to go from brewery to brewery.

Kevin Farron, owner of TC Cycle Pub, a pedaling cab in Traverse City, says he’s lost business because riders can’t drink. But the owner of Great Lakes Pub Cruiser in Grand Rapids is against the proposed law.

Laurie Ryan tells The Detroit News that her liability insurance would double if beer and wine were allowed on her 15-seat trolley.

Sen. Wayne Schmidt says it’s just another way to enhance tourism.

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