(AP) - California lawmakers have advanced a bill that would allow so-called beer bikes to operate on streets, but leaves cities to decide if alcohol is allowed on board.
The Senate on Monday unanimously passed the bill by Sen. Richard Pan, a Sacramento Democrat. SB530 would create a vehicle safety standard for a growing new crop of bike buses that allow up to 15 people to pedal at slow speeds.
Beer bikes have been popping up in Sacramento and San Diego as a riding tour, often with stops at bars and restaurants.
Pan says current state law does not include a definition for this type of vehicle, creating legal uncertainties.
The legislation would let local governments decide if alcohol can be served on board.
The bill advances to the Assembly.