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California Lawmakers Green Light Beer Bikes

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    California lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that could let so-called beer bikes operate on streets, though it's up to cities to decide if alcohol can be consumed as passengers pedal away.

    The Senate on Thursday unanimously gave final approval to SB530 by Sen. Richard Pan, a Sacramento Democrat.

    The safety standards for the bike buses that carry up to 15 people include a 30 mile-per-hour speed limit. Pan says these are still bikes, after all.

    Other requirements include annual inspections, liability insurance, and an on-board adult safety monitor if alcohol is allowed. Both the driver and monitor must take an alcohol awareness program if booze is on-board.

    The bikes already are used for tours in Sacramento and San Diego, often with stops at bars and restaurants.