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Coming soon to Valley streets: quadricycles

quadricycle-620What has at least four wheels, 16 to 28 pedals, and can be operated by both leg and electric power?

According to state lawmakers, that’s a limousine.

Legislation given preliminary House approval on April 10 would require state licensing of what are called “motorized quadricycles.” They would have to be built by a licensed manufacturer and operated by someone qualified to drive a limo.

Never mind it may look — and operate — more like a bar on wheels.

At issue is the increasing popularity of these vehicles which are taking hold in some downtown areas as an alternative to crawling from one pub to another.

They also are known as party bikes, pub crawlers and beer bikes. And the company that sells them promotes them for businesses hoping to provide customers with a unique experience.

What they also are, according to Rep. Karen Fann, R-Prescott, is illegal for operating on the road.

“They are not classified as a vehicle,’’ she said.

“It’s not a motorcycle, it’s not a bicycle,’’ Fann continued. “It’s a new kind of vehicle.’’

SB1201 classifies the vehicle as a limousine. She said that seems to be the best option.

“Limousines have to go through certain regulations that have to do with insurance, requirements as to who the driver is, things like that,’’ she said. “If they are classified as a limousine, they have to follow the same rules to make sure that all of these passengers are safe and the vehicle’s being maintained safely.’’

That, she said, is the reason it should not be classified as a bicycle — even a bicycle built for two.

But Rep. Eric Meyer, D-Paradise Valley, said the limousine classification has another implication: It means that the “passengers’’ who are pedaling it around on public streets can be drinking — and drunk — just as if they were in the back of a more traditional limousine.

“In Scottsdale, there’s already a problem in the party zone where these cycles will potentially be operating, with people drinking in public,’’ Meyer complained. “It’s a public safety issue as well as a perception issue.


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